NHL player Rick Rypien found dead at 27

NHL player Rick Rypien found dead at 27
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Winnipeg Jets enforcer Rick Rypien found dead at his Alberta home.

Winnipeg Jets enforcer Rick Rypien was found dead at his Alberta home on Monday at the age of 27.

The former Vancouver Canucks forward had signed a one-year $700,000 (£425,000) deal with the Jets last month.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they received a call about a "sudden and non-suspicious" death on Monday, but so far no cause of death has been given.

"Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future," a statement on the Jets website read. "His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team."

Rypien's is the second death of a serving NHL player this season, after New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard was found dead in May at the age of 28 after an accidental overdose.

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