Dead of suspected suicide in his California home. He was 42 years old.
From April 17th through May 15th, 2002, Irabu was 10-for-11 in save situations as the Rangers' closer while allowing only one earned run on eight hits and five walks against 11 strikeouts over 14 innings. From that point forward, he allowed 21 earned runs over 19.2 frames, and found himself relieved of his active roster spot in mid-July after allowing the deciding run in a 4-3 loss at Minnesota.
It was his last major league appearance.