Flanagan died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound

  • Article by: DAVID GINSBURG , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 25, 2011 - 11:38 PM

The former Orioles pitcher was found outside his Maryland home Wednesday. He was said to be suffering financial problems.

BALTIMORE - Former Cy Young award winner Mike Flanagan died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, the Maryland medical examiner ruled Thursday.

A police investigation revealed that the 59-year-old former pitcher was upset about financial issues. He left no note.

Flanagan's body was found Wednesday afternoon about 250 feet behind his home. An investigation showed he was home alone when he took his life.

"It's very tragic. He was a good friend. I just wished I'd known he was having a struggle," former Orioles player and manager Davey Johnson said. "I'd sure liked to have talked to him. It's just a terrible loss. Everybody who knew Flanny loved him. He was always a delight to be around."

Now manager of the Nationals, Johnson spoke about Flanagan before Washington hosted Arizona.

"I was pretty shaken," Johnson said. "I wished I had a chance to talk to him, and cheer him up like he's done me in the past."

Flanagan won the Cy Young Award in 1979 and helped the Baltimore Orioles win the 1983 World Series. After his retirement, he worked for the Orioles as a coach and in the front office before settling into a job as color commentator on the team's broadcast network.

Flanagan was scheduled to work this weekend's series against the New York Yankees.

"He was looking forward to broadcasting the Yankees series coming up. He was doing something he loved," said Jim Duquette, who teamed with Flanagan from 2005-07 to attempt to rebuild the Orioles.

According to police, Alex Flanagan last spoke to her husband about 1 a.m. Wednesday. She told police he sounded upset, and he promised he would talk to her later.

When Alex Flanagan did not hear from her husband, she called a neighbor to check on him. The neighbor went to the home and called 911 after failing to find him.

Police discovered a body on the property but could not immediately determine the identity because the wounds were so severe.

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