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by Paul on 08/15/11 at 11:10 PM ET
via James Mirtle tweet,
Police confirm former Vancouver Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien has been found dead in his Alberta home. More to come.
added 9:35pm, via Rick’s cousin Angela Rypien tweet,
R.I.P Rick Rypien, I love you so much and will miss you more than anything!
added 9:43pm, from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
Former Vancouver Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien was found dead by a family member on Monday in Crowsnest Pass, Alta.
Rypien, who signed with the Winnipeg Jets in July, had missed most of last season because of a leave of absence from the Canucks for personal issues.
Local RCMP told The Globe and Mail on Monday night that the death was not suspicious.
added 11:00pm, Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks issued the following statement today in regards to the passing of Rick Rypien:
“It is with tremendous sadness that the Vancouver Canucks confirm the passing of Rick Rypien. Rick has been a beloved member of the Canucks family for the past six years. Rick was a great teammate and friend to our players, coaches and staff. We send our deepest condolences to the Rypien family at this most difficult time.
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