Former Oakland A's player Jeremy Giambi died by suicide at parents' home in LA County, officials say

LOS ANGELES -- Jeremy Giambi, a former Oakland Athletics major league outfielder and first baseman, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his parents' home in Claremont, California, authorities said.

Officers responding around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to reports of a medical emergency found the 47-year-old Giambi dead at the residence, said Lt. Robert Ewing of the Claremont Police Department.

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The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office determined the cause of death to be suicide after Giambi suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

Giambi's agent, Joel Wolfe, said the family requested "that we all respect their privacy during this difficult time."

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A brother of five-time All-Star Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi spent six seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder and first baseman with Kansas City (1998-99), Oakland (2000-02), Philadelphia (2002) and Boston (2002-03).

Jeremy hit .263 with 52 homers and 209 RBIs. His best season was 2001, when he batted .283 with 12 homers and 57 RBIs for the Athletics.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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