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    This is crazy.

    Former Rox pitcher Joe Kennedy dead
    By Patrick Saunders
    The Denver Post

    Former Rockies pitcher Joe Kennedy died early this morning in Florida. He was 28.

    According to his agent, Damon Lapa, Kennedy was visiting his wife's family in the Tampa area. He got up in the middle of the night, got out of bed then collapsed. The cause of his death could not immediately be determined, but Lapa said an autopsy would be scheduled.

    "It's a sad day and a sad situation," said Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, one of Kennedy's closest friends. "He's leaving a wife and a little boy behind."

    Kennedy, his wife, Jami, and their 1-year-old son, Kaige, still lived in the Denver area.

    "They had just bought a new house," Helton said.

    Helton played golf with Kennedy about two weeks ago and said the two families often spent the holidays together.

    "This was the first Thanksgiving we haven't spent together in quite awhile," Helton said. "This is just really sad news."

    Kennedy, a left-hander, pitched for the Rockies in 2004-05, compiling a 13-15 record with a 4.88 ERA. He was the opening-day starter in 2005 against San Diego. That was the game in which Clint Barmes hit a dramatic walk-off homer to give the Rockies a 12-10 victory at Coors Field. The Rockies traded Kennedy to Oakland in July 2005.

    Rockies manager Clint Hurdle was stunned by the news.

    "My wife (Karla) and I were driving down the hill when a coached called and told me. I was just crushed," said Hurdle, who spent Thanksgiving at his second home in Breckenridge. "We are so sadden by the loss. I know that Joe was really embracing fatherhood."

    In seven major league seasons, Kennedy compiled a 43-61 record Tampa Bay, Colorado, Oakland, Arizona and Toronto. Kennedy had a career 4.79 ERA, pitching 908-1/3 innings over 222 career appearances.

    Kennedy began the 2007 season with Oakland, was claimed off waivers in August by Arizona, then designated for assignment before being signed by the Blue Jays on Aug. 29. He filed for free agency at the end of the 2007 season.

    "He was just a fun-loving guy with a lot of heart," Helton said. "You could see what a great person he was by the way he was around my daughter (Tierney)."

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    You just never know. Very sad.

    This is what, the fourth Pitcher in 3 years to lose his life suddenly? 2 ST Louis pitchers, Cory Lidle and now Kennedy. WTF!