Police discovered multiple drugs, paraphernalia and a loaded gun at Rod Beck’s north Phoenix home on the day that he died.
On June 23, cocaine, crack and several glass pipes and bongs were found scattered throughout the former major league pitcher’s house after Beck’s personal assistant found him unconscious next to his bed, according to a Phoenix police report released Tuesday in response to a public records request.
Tina Buchanan, Beck’s assistant, arrived at the home around noon that day after he had called and asked her to come to his house, located near Scottsdale, because he wasn’t feeling well. His two children were away at camp.
Autopsy reports determining the official cause of death haven’t been released. But Buchanan told police that Beck, 38, was a daily cocaine user and had struggled with a drug addiction for the past few years.
Substantial amounts of what police said were cocaine and crack were found in ashtrays and canisters in Beck’s bedroom, bathroom and office. Police also found cocaine in a ceramic bowl shaped like a baseball and an insulated cooler “full to the top with used glass ‘bowl’ pipes.”
A fully-loaded semiautomatic handgun was also found in a canvas bag lying next to his desk with two extra clips of ammunition.
Authorities found Beck on his back, with blood dried in the corners of his mouth. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Beck’s head, neck and face had “visible purplish discoloration” consistent of someone who suffered cardiac arrest, the police report said.
Beck was considered a bull-like pitcher and was a three-time All-Star, recording 286 saves. He played for multiple teams including the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.