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Former Dodgers pitcher Justin Miller was found dead at 35.
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Justin Miller, who pitched seven years in the Major Leagues, was found dead Wednesday night at the age of 35. Miller's death was confirmed Friday by his agent, Matt Sosnick.

The cause of death hasn't been released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

“Wonderful guy, great client. Very disappointed,” Sosnick told FOX Sports.

Miller pitched professionally for 15 years, including the seven years in the Majors. Miller most recently pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 and also pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants. He compiled a record of 24-14 with a 4.82 ERA over his career.

His wife of 15 years, Jessica Miller, told the Tampa Bay Times he had been spending his retirement from baseball as a coach and "was gifted at putting things in a language that kids could understand."

"That was something he was really proud of," she told the Times.

Jessica Miller described her husband as a "homebody" who enjoyed spending time with their two sons, Joseph, 18, and Johnnie, 7, according to the report.

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She called her husband's death "sudden" but was unsure of the cause.

"I think he'd want the world to know that he always did his best at work and at being a dad," she told the Times. "He always tried."

Miller was also one of the first pitchers in MLB to have his arms covered in tattoos. In 2004, MLB required Miller to wear long sleeves when he pitched after hitters were complaining that his tattoos were distracting them. The ruling came to be known as the "Justin Miller Rule."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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