Atlanta 8/16/2011 10:30:30 PM
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NHL Star Rick Rypien found dead

Canadian authorities have confirmed star hockey forward Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home on Monday. Rypien’s death does not appear to be suspicious, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The cause of death remains unclear. Rypien was 27.

Rypien played for the Vancouver Canucks for six years. He signed a one year contract with the Winnipeg Jets last month. Both teams have released statements on his sudden death.

"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,” the Canucks said.

"We are deeply saddened to confirm Rick's passing. His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team,” the Jets said.


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