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Astros Legend, Baseball Player J.R. Richard’s Cause of Death


It is with the deepest sorrow to announce Mr. Richard’s death. J.R. Richard’s cause of death will be shared; stay with us for more details.

Mr. Richard played 10 seasons with the Astros. He was part of the Astros’ inaugural Hall of Fame class the last year, 2020. While playing catch inside the Astrodome on July 30, 1980, he suffered a stroke.

He used to be one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball, leading the National League in strikeouts and once in ERA. Before Gerrit Cole broke it in 2019, he held the Astros’ single-season strikeout record.

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J.R. Richard’s Cause of Death

J.R. Richard’s cause of death is still unclear; however, the US Day News will updates the article as soon as possible with reliable information.

Mr. Richard has sadly passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at the age of 71. It is said that he died at a Houston-area hospital, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston.

Mark Berman made an announcement: “According to an MLB source, former #Astros star JR Richard passed away last night in a Houston hospital at the age of 71. JR played for the Astros from 1971-1980. Led the National League in strikeouts in 1978 & 1979. Led the NL in ERA in 1979 and made the All-Star Team in 1980.”

Also, Houston Astros tweeted: “Astros Hall of Fame starting pitcher J.R. Richard, one of the greatest players to don an Astros uniform, has passed away. He was 71 years old.”

J.R. Richard Stroke

Mr. Richard spent his 10-year career playing for the Astros. He became an all-star in his final season in the big leagues when he was only 30.

In 1980, during that season, he went 10-4 with a 1,90 ERA which was by far the best of his career. In 1980, after he left a game early in late July when his arm went numb, his all-star season was cut short. 

Since doctors couldn’t figure out the problem, Mr. Richard planned to return to the Astros. He was warming up on the field on July 30 of 1980, when he suffered a massive stroke. It ended his playing career.

JR Richard: One of the most feared pitchers in the 70’s.

According to sources, he planned to make an appearance in 1981 with the Astros, although he couldn’t get over the hump due to his severe limitation caused by the stroke.

In an interview, he shared more about his collapse during a workout in 1980 mid-season. He said: “Well, as far as back as I can remember, I would hear a lot of high-pitched ringing in my left ear, which I didn’t think anything about it at that time.”

He added: “I kind of just shook it off and kept on throwing a few more. Then I threw a couple more, then I became real nauseated, and I lay down on the Astrodome floor. And the next thing I remember, I was waking up in the hospital.”

Later, he said: “I had been complaining to the Astros for almost a month or two about something that was wrong. And if I’m such a valuable asset to the ballclub, why wasn’t I immediately rushed to the doctors from Chicago when it first started? Again, if I was such a valuable asset to the company?”

Putting aside the fact that his career was cut short, Mr. Richard has always been and forever will be considered an Astros all-time legend.

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In an interview, when he was asked, “When you look back at your baseball career now, and I know you must have to go through what you went through to write this book. Are you bitter?” he answered: Not at all. Never have been bitter.”

He added: “It’s always been the other way around. See, when people don’t understand who you are, when people can’t control you, they tend to want to destroy you. But see, you got to realize this: Sports is a business. Nothing more or nothing less.”

He was asked if people in the homeless community knew who he was. He answered: “Some did, some didn’t. People’d see you. First of all, they can’t believe it, and then no one would really want to bother you. They’d probably look at you and say, ‘OK, he doesn’t look like he’s a happy camper.’ I looked like I wasn’t a man to be messed with at that time.”

Helping Houston’s homeless through the ministry, he shared: “What I’m trying to do is change their mind. They’ve got to have a different mindset. You see, a man could eat a whole whale, but it takes one bite at a time.”

He continued: “Or he can walk a mile, but it takes one step at a time. So if you’re willing to take that step, he will make a way out of no way. See, God is the only one I know who can make a mess, go in a mess, clean up a mess and come back out and don’t be messy. Now you figure that out.”

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Reactions to J.R. Richard’s Death

MLB Vault shared: “At 6’8″, J.R. Richard was an intimidating right-hander who led the MLB in strikeouts in 1978 and 1979 and started the 1980 All-Star Game for the NL. He spent his entire 10-year career with the @Astros. RIP.”

Super 70s Sports tweeted: “Super Sky Point to J.R. Richard. If you follow me, you know how I feel about this man—Hall of Fame talent who was robbed of that destiny by a stroke. I’m unable to say more right now. Heaven just increased its badassery. Big time. #RIP to a goddamn legend.”

One said: “The most strikeouts in an MLB debut is 15, done by Karl Spooner 9/22/1954 and J.R. Richard 9/5/1971, Game 2. The true rocket man himself, Richard was first ever in the NL with 300 strikeouts; sub 300 innings in 1978 for the #Astros. And then he did it again in 1979. Just…wow.”

Richard M. Nixon wrote: “The Astros were right to give J.R. Richard a World Series ring. But they should retire his number. He badly wanted it in life, and it’s a disgrace he won’t see it.”

He replied his tweet: “As Richard began to show warning signs of the stroke, he was accused of malingering and felt he had to power through. He did and collapsed on the field. This is because he was black. That mustn’t be forgotten.”

He added: “The team’s treatment of him through his illness and subsequent homelessness is one of the worst abominations in baseball. That he was able to battle back and make peace with the team, become a minister for baseball as well as a man of God, is a testament to who J.R. Richard was.”

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  1. Tim Casado August 5, 2021

    Just wanted to give my condolences to J. R.’s family during this time. I grew up watching baseball and he was one of the guys I never wanted to miss when he was pitching. May God give you strength to get through this time.

    1. US day News August 6, 2021

      Dear Tim Casado,
      We appreciate your sharing condolence and kind words. May he rest easy in grace and love.


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