Vancouver Canucks Issue Statement Following Rick Rypien's Death

On Monday, former Vancouver Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien passed away at the age of 27. Most recently employed by the Winnipeg Jets, Rypien was discovered dead in his Alberta, Canada home. Details of his death have not yet been released, but the police stated that the passing of Rypien was a "non-suspicious sudden death". Early on Tuesday morning, the Vancouver Canucks released a public statement on Rypien's death.

"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."

Rypien suffered from mental health issues throughout his career and had to take a leave of absence from the Canucks to deal with health-related issues in 2008. It is suspected, but not confirmed, that these health problems may have contributed to Rypien's untimely death. 

To read fan reaction on the tragic passing of Rick Rypien, visit SB Nation's Vancouver Canucks blog Nucks Misconduct, and SB Nation's Winnipeg Jets blog Arctic Ice Hockey.

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