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Sean Burroughs dead at 43; Little League World Series hero, major leaguer, Olympic gold medalist

Burroughs' team won two Little League World Series championships, in 1992 and 1993. He won an Olympic gold medal for baseball in 2000, and played major league baseball for four different teams.

Published: May 11, 2024 11:03am

Updated: May 11, 2024 1:42pm

Sean Burroughs, a unique sports hero who threw back-to-back no-hitters in the Little League World Series, has died at age 43.

Little League International and the Long Beach Little League of California confirmed his death on Friday, saying that he “tragically passed away” on Thursday, according to Fox News.

Burroughs' team won consecutive Little League World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. He won an Olympic gold medal for baseball in 2000, and played major league baseball for four different teams.

"We at USA Baseball are heartbroken to hear of the tragic passing of Sean," USA Baseball CEO Paul Seiler said in a statement. "Sean was a part of one of our most beloved teams, and he represented our country on and off the field in a first-class manner. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burroughs family during this time."

Burroughs was reportedly found unconscious shortly after dropping off his son for a Little League baseball game. Efforts were made to revive him, but were unsuccessful. 

Burrough’s mother, Debbie, said he had gone into cardiac arrest, according to the Southern California News Group.

Burroughs father, Jeff Burroughs, also played major league baseball and was the American League MVP in 1974, playing for the Texas Rangers.

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