Derek Boogaard, a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played for the Minnesota Wild, was found dead on Friday in the Minnesota apartment he was living in.
The reason for his death is not known, however, an autopsy will be done on Saturday.
Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer told authorities he got a report of a man not breathing right before 6:15 p.m. Friday. Minneapolis fire officials were the first to arrive and determine he was dead.
The 6-foot 8-inch wigner had the nickname of the Boogey Man. In 255 games with Minnesota, he had 54 fights and served 544 penalty minutes.
A 2007 survey of NHL players showed that Boogaard was the second most intimidating player in the NHL, behind the now retired Georges Laraque then of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
On July 1, 2010, Boogaard signed with the New York Rangers for $6.5 million over four years.
Authorities don't think it is foul play at this point, but the police department's homicide unit and the medical examiner's office are both investigating further.