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RIP Hiroyuki Oze

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RIP Hiroyuki Oze
Orix Buffaloes outfielder Hiroyuki Oze died after falling off a balcony on the 10th floor of a hotel in Okinawa during the team's spring camp on February 5th. He was 24 years old.

Police are investigating to determine whether it was a suicide or an accident.

Last season Oze batted .303 with 11 RBIs in 78 games.
Re: RIP Hiroyuki Oze
[ Author: Guest: guest | Posted: Feb 22, 2010 3:14 PM ]

I was out of Japan and just heard of this tragedy. Any update? I highly doubt this could be an "accident," but just curious if there were any updates.
Re: RIP Hiroyuki Oze
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Mar 2, 2010 2:56 AM ]

Dude are you morbid? He's dead, what else do you want to know?
Re: RIP Hiroyuki Oze
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Mar 2, 2010 9:57 AM | YBS Fan ]

I don't see how it's morbid to want to understand why this happened. It just doesn't make any sense based on the reports filed in the news. All we know is that it appears to have been suicide based on:
  • Oze text-ed some goodbyes to friends the night before
  • Oze was deeply depressed after his mother died several years ago while he was still in college

  • Oze had recently gotten married
  • It was clear that Oze was a rising star

Is it really morbid to want to understand what's going on behind this tragedy? I know that it's bothered me since the announcement. Could it have been an accident? Like, what was his blood alcohol level? Did Oze have debts? Did he have nefarious connections? If it was suicide, what could have been the trigger for it? If it was about his mother, was it her birthday or something? And most of all, why haven't the authorities, or even the press, pursued any of these questions?

Based on the information that has been released, none of this makes any sense.
Re: RIP Hiroyuki Oze
[ Author: Guest: guest | Posted: Mar 3, 2010 10:57 AM ]

Thanks for the extra info. Yeah, not sure why it's considered morbid to ask for more details. Was just shocking to see a rising star take his own life like that.

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