A 24-year-old minor league pitcher named Aaron Cox, who is also Mike Trout's brother-in-law, passed away Wednesday morning. Cox pitched in the Angels farm system the past few years and recently retired.
The Angels have not released Cox's cause of death, but Trout, who is on the disabled list, was away from the team the past few days to attend to a "personal matter."
Trout, his wife Jessica and their family released a statement on Cox's death. It does not include the cause of death.
"Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had with him.
He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph."
Per the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have also issued a statement on Cox's passing.
“The Angels organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015,” the team said in a statement. “We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Cox's family and friends during this time.