Rick Rypien, Former Vancouver Canuck Enforcer, Found Dead At 27

Former Vancouver Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien was found dead at his home in Alberta, Canada on Monday. He was 27.

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The Tragedy Of Rick Rypien's Sudden Death

Rick Rypien's had his personal issues, but as he returned to the ice in March and signed a contract with the Jets this offseason, it seemed as though they were in the rear view mirror. That makes his death Monday all the more tragic.

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Rick Rypien Fan Memorial Scheduled For Wednesday In Vancouver

In today's edition of 'Social Media Is Fantastic', a group of Vancouver Canucks fans are organizing a memorial for deceased former Canuck Rick Rypien, who passed away on Monday. There is currently an event set up on Facebook and the organizers are encouraging any and all fans to come join. Fans are going to be setting up outside of Rogers Arena on Wednesday all afternoon, paying their respects to Rypien. The organizers of the memorial plan to collect messages from the attendees in a book and deliver it to Rypien's family.

The Vancouver Canucks themselves issued a statement about Rypien's passing earlier on Tuesday. The 27-year-old, recently signed by the Winnipeg Jets, was found dead in his Alberta, Canada home on Monday. Details are yet to be released, but police have confirmed that the nature of his passing was not suspicious.

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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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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Former Vancouver Canuck Enforcer Rick Rypien Dead At 27

Former Vancouver Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien was found dead at his home in Alberta, Canada on Monday, according to reports. He was 27.

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