Ex-Astros pitcher dies at age 35

October 8, 2009 9:33:10 AM PDT
A sheriff's official in Georgia says that former Houston Astros pitcher Brian Powell has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 35. [SPORTS BLOG: Read the latest from the Eyewitness Sports team]

Capt. Liz Crowley of the Decatur County Sheriff's Office says Powell died Monday at a hospital in Tallahassee, Fla.

Funeral services for Powell, of Bainbridge, Ga., were set for Thursday in Bainbridge. He was acquired by the Astros in 2001 as part of a seven-player deal with the Tigers for catcher Brad Ausmus and pitcher C.J. Nitkowski.

Powell was 7-18 with a 5.94 ERA in 59 games for Detroit, Houston, San Francisco and Philadelphia. He last pitched in the majors with the Phillies in 2004, and spent 2005 in Triple-A for Washington before retiring.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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