Mike Trout Posts Instagram Tribute To Brother-In-Law Aaron Cox

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The best player in baseball, Mike Trout, has been missing in action for most of August. He had been dealing with a wrist issue earlier in the month, and later took a personal leave after his brother-in-law, Aaron Cox passed away on Aug. 15.

The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015. We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

— Angels (@Angels) August 15, 2018

Trout took to Instagram Thursday to break his silence with a long, heartfelt message for his “best friend:”

You were more than just my brother-in-law… you were my best friend. You made such an impact on my life since the day I first met you. You were an amazing person inside & out that showed us all how to live life to the fullest. Seeing and hearing about your impact on other people are all things that made me a better person every single day. The things we have done together like hunting trips, family vacations, golfing, fishing, and all the fun times we had together I will cherish forever… you brought so much happiness and joy to my life every time I was with you.

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Aaron, words can’t describe the emotions that I’ve been feeling the past week and a half. You were more than just my brother-in-law… you were my best friend. You made such an impact on my life since the day I first met you. You were an amazing person inside & out that showed us all how to live life to the fullest. Seeing and hearing about your impact on other people are all things that made me a better person every single day. The things we have done together like hunting trips, family vacations, golfing, fishing, and all the fun times we had together I will cherish forever… you brought so much happiness and joy to my life every time I was with you. You will always be remembered for your crazy dance moves and your big smile and how much you cared for people and our family. You were always the life of the party and you were always making people laugh. You were a great kid and it kills me to know that you are gone… I can’t thank you enough for what you have meant to me over these last 11 years. I know you will be watching over me now that you are gone, I promise to take care of your sister and watch over your whole family. Heaven got a great one and I know I will see you again someday… I love you bro!!!!

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You were a great kid and it kills me to know that you are gone… I can’t thank you enough for what you have meant to me over these last 11 years. I know you will be watching over me now that you are gone, I promise to take care of your sister and watch over your whole family. Heaven got a great one and I know I will see you again someday… I love you bro!!!!

Like Trout, Cox attended Millville High School in New Jersey and was drafted by the Angels in the 19th round of 2015 MLB Draft. He pitched in the Angels system for four years before retiring this month. The cause of death has not been revealed.

As for Trout’s return, that could happen for the Angels’ upcoming series against the Astros.

The Angels aren't expecting Mike Trout to rejoin the club until their next homestand.

— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) August 18, 2018