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Rick Rypien Found Dead In His Home

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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Evilpens's avatar

OH GOD !!!!!!!!!!! Not another one ! God rest His Troubled soul & prayers to his friends & Family sick

Posted by Evilpens on 08/15/11 at 11:16 PM ET

KelseyAnn's avatar

Wow…so sorry to hear, RIP Rick :(

Posted by KelseyAnn from Ahwatukee, Arizona on 08/15/11 at 11:30 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Very sad news.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/15/11 at 11:42 PM ET

Forlorn in VA's avatar

It’s always sad when someone dies so young.  RIP Rick.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 08/15/11 at 11:43 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Much too young to die. Rest in Peace Rick Rypien.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 08/16/11 at 12:03 AM ET

Chet's avatar

very sad. all the best to his family.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 08/16/11 at 12:05 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

Thoughts to his family and friends, always bad to see someone go at such a young age.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 08/16/11 at 12:24 AM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

Much love and respect to the rypien family. Can’t say im surprised, as he had his demons, but he was a great person, a player I personally met once at the airport who expressed actual happiness from being greeted by a fan.  Sad to see him go.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 08/16/11 at 12:27 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

We’ve already gotten enough news like this over this summer.  Lets hope its the last.  Rest well Rick.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 08/16/11 at 01:58 AM ET

Twig's avatar


Posted by Twig from Houston, TX on 08/16/11 at 02:52 AM ET



Posted by Jesters Dead on 08/16/11 at 05:55 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

well Just like Jani Lane of Warrant fame If you can’t get control of the Demons that are destroying you & your life, chances of a long healthy life is slim & none

Posted by Evilpens on 08/16/11 at 10:06 AM ET

Ducksworth's avatar

RIP Rick

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 08/16/11 at 11:53 AM ET

SYF's avatar

So late but my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rypien.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/16/11 at 01:52 PM ET

jayskate's avatar

This is heartbreaking, he was a fierce competitor, always someone your afraid was going to get a hold of one of your guys on the ice and take him for a ride. Rest in peace, and my condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by jayskate from Newfoundland, Canada on 08/16/11 at 02:47 PM ET

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