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Former Astros All-Star pitcher JR Richard’s cause of death has not been revealed after he passed away Wednesday evening on August 4, 2021, at the age of 71. May he rest in peace.

The heartbreaking news has been confirmed by the Astros team on Thursday, writing, “Today is a sad day for the Houston Astros as we mourn the loss of one of our franchise icons.”

The Astros’ statement also added, “J.R. will forever be remembered as an intimidating figure on the mound and as one of the greatest pitchers in club history.”

Former Astros All-Star pitcher JR Richard's cause of
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The 6-foot-8 Richard intimidated hitters with an effectively wild delivery, a fastball that often touched 100 mph, and an almost unhittable breaking ball. He was chosen by the Astros with the second overall pick in the 1969 draft and struck out 15 batters in a complete-game win over the Giants in his major league debut on Sept. 5, 1971.

He pitched for Houston from 1971-80, going 107-71 with a 3.15 ERA and 76 complete games. Richard won a career-best 20 games in 1976, the first of four straight seasons with at least 18 wins.


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Pitcher JR Richard’s Cause of Death is Still Private

There is no official report about pitcher JR Richard’s cause of death at this time and the team also did not provide any more details, although US day News is trying to find the latest updates or more information as soon as possible.

The team continued, “He stood shoulder to shoulder with club icons Larry Dierker, Joe Niekro, and Nolan Ryan, to form a few of the best rotations in club history. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans.”

Richard was one of the dominant pitchers of the late 1970s, overpowering hitters with an electric fastball and wipeout slider. In 1978, he led the majors with 303 strikeouts, becoming the first right-handed pitcher in MLB history to strike out 300 batters in a season.

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The next year, he struck out 313, an Astros single-season record until Gerrit Cole broke it 40 years later.

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He endded his career much too soon with a 107–71 record, 1,493 strikeouts and a 3.15 ERA in 238 games. In 1980, in the middle of his best season ever, Richard was working out at the Astrodome when he collapsed and suffered a stroke. He never pitched in the majors again.

On the Astros all-time list, Richard ranks second in ERA, third in strikeouts, fourth in complete games (76) and fifth in wins (107) and shutouts (19).


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