Autopsy reveals ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson’s cause of death

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Tommy Hanson with the Atlanta Braves in 2012. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — An autopsy report released Friday has revealed ex-Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson’s cause of death.

Hanson, 29, was found unresponsive at a friend’s Newnan-area home on Nov. 8. He was taken to Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, where he died on Nov. 9.

According to autopsy results obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the former Braves starter died from delayed complications of cocaine and alcohol toxicity.

The death was ruled accidental, Coweta Coroner Richard Hawk told the Journal-Constitution on Friday.

Hanson played most of his professional career with the Braves. He finished his career with 49 wins and 35 losses, a 3.80 earned run average and 648 strikeouts, according to Major League Baseball’s website.

He broke into the majors in 2009, finishing third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting that year with 11 wins and a 2.89 ERA for the Braves.

Hanson last played professionally in the Giants’ minor league system earlier this year.