Derek Boogaard, the 28-year old enforcer for the New York Rangers, unexpectedly died in his apartment just a few days after playing in the NHL playoffs. Boogaard was a rough and tough enforcer for the Rangers, and probably one of the least fragile persons you could imagine.
While Derek Boogaard maintained a tough exterior, the NY Times reported he was secretly battling drug addiction at the time of his death. Still, Boogaard's untimely death is likely a jarring surprise to his teammates, fans, and family members. This is because 28-year olds are not supposed to die so young. Especially professional athletes like Boogaard.