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Former MLB player dies of carbon monoxide poisoning

Ross Powell was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. Photo courtesy of Mark Schumann.

Ross John Powell, 49, a Cedar Springs High School graduate and former Major League baseball pitcher, died last week in Texas, after his lawn care van was overcome with carbon monoxide fumes.

His father, Lyle John Powell, 72, was also found dead in the van.

The Collin County Sheriff Department told media that it appeared the van rolled to a stop in a cul-de-sac of Thunder Bay Drive and Enchanted Way, in Lucas, Texas. 

Powell, who played for three different MLB teams, and served as a youth baseball coach, had recently opened the new lawn care business.

Ross Powell (above) and his father, Lyle, were found dead in a commercial lawn care van last week. Photo from Ross Powell’s facebook page.

A woman who saw the men in the van reportedly called 911 after she knocked on the window and got no response. 

The fumes were so intense that a sheriff’s deputy, EMS officer, and three firefighters were all transported to the hospital for treatment and then later released.

Ross was a 1986 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, where he was selected as an All State pitcher his senior year. He pitched for three seasons at the University of Michigan and was a third-round draft pick for the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. He made his major league debut on Sept. 5, 1993. In April 1994, he was traded to the Houston Astros. In July, 1995, his contract was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was his last year in the major leagues. His career spanned eight seasons. 

Ross’ father, Lyle John Powell, 72, was also found dead in the van.
Facebook photo.

Ross was living in Carrollton, Texas.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Allen, Texas. A memorial service will also be held at a later date in Michigan.

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