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Police found cocaine in several places at Rod Beck's home

7/31/2007 - MLB

PHOENIX -- Police found evidence of cocaine and drug
paraphernalia at former major league pitcher Rod Beck's home on the
day he died.

A police report released Tuesday indicated evidence in several
places at Beck's house, including the bathroom and the master
bedroom in which the 38-year-old Beck, a three-time All-Star who
saved 286 games, was found dead at his northeast Phoenix home on
June 23.

In a case on the bedroom floor, "four small canisters contained
a white powdery residue of suspected cocaine. The larger canister
contained a dried paste, commonly used to produce rock cocaine,"
the report said. They also found a white powdery substance on the
roll top desk.

Police also found a loaded semiautomatic handgun in a bag
containing numerous glass bowl pipes and torch lighters.

The medical examiner is awaiting results of toxicology tests to
establish a cause of death.

Beck's wife Stacey released a statement about her husband's
death. In it, she discussed her husband's addiction to drugs, and
said she hoped her family's honesty about the situation would help
others dealing with the same problem.

"While we were all deeply saddened by the death of Rodney, he
suffered from a debilitating, degenerative brain disease called
addiction," she said. "The last three years we have seen this
disease progress and destroy the person we knew.

"Unfortunately the details of his death are not pretty or
palatable, but those details are merely symptoms of this
devastating brain disease. ... Rodney overcame other illnesses and
injuries but sadly this brain disease got the best of him."

The police report said Beck called his personal assistant, Tina
Buchanan, at 11:57 a.m. on June 23 and asked her to come to his
home because he was not feeling well. When Buchanan arrived, she
found Beck lying on the master bedroom floor "not breathing and
unresponsive," the report said.

Buchanan later told officers "Beck used cocaine on a daily
basis, but she did not know the quantity he was using," the report
said. "Beck has had seizures in the past and has recently suffered
from hallucinations. The hallucinations were possibly caused by his
cocaine use."