As I have mentioned in several of my posts, I grew up in Atlanta and am a lifelong Braves fan. It is with much sadness that I share the news that former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died late Monday night at age 29. The Atlanta Braves twitter account features many photographs and memorials of Hanson from players and fans alike.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Hanson’s family and the entire Braves organization. As a Braves fan, I am devastated. Hanson was once one of our most promising pitchers and the mainstay of the rotation for several  years. This senseless tragedy has me wondering what causes an otherwise healthy 29 year old to die suddenly of “catastrophic organ failure” after lapsing into a coma.

While I will not repeat the allegations herein, there are many rumors flying on the internet regarding the circumstances of his death. I have reached out to several of the sources mentioned and parties allegedly involved in order to seek comments on the situation. If the allegations are false then they must be stamped out lest they besmirch the legacy of this man. If there is truth to the allegations then this truth should come forward so that a tragedy of this nature can possibly be prevented in the future. Indeed a tragedy of this nature is only compounded if the truth is not discerned. If you have any further information you wish to share with me on this story you can find me on twitter @lawyerrussell or email me privately at

“The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the Paschal Mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Christ in whom resides our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is ‘away from the body and at home with the Lord’ (2 Cor 5:8).”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1681

RIP Tommy. Braves country will miss you.