Tim Allen, Timberwolves blogger, dead by suicide at 29

Last night, tragic news circulated -- Tim Allen, one of the foremost Minnesota Timberwolves bloggers, took his own life Monday night.

Allen's day job was reportedly as a copy writer for Thomson Reuters at their Eagan location, but he made a name for himself writing about hoops. He began contributing to the popular Canis Hoopus Timberwolves blog in 2009 and ended up as co-manager of the site. Though he was perhaps best known for his humorous game previews in which the Timberwolves were always favored to win despite almost always having a losing record, Allen's blogging spanned the gamut. His last piece, published August 1, is "The Brandon Roy Story: A Tale of Redemption or a Tale of Tragedy?" He concludes the post with this sentence: "Here's to hoping that Brandon Roy keeps giving big name media members a reason to come out to Target Center, and that this time, the Redemption Story has a happy ending."

As is often the case with suicides, news of Allen's passing comes as a complete shock. Just hours before he killed himself, he was tweeting about the USA-Argentina Olympic men's basketball game. Allen's Twitter account gives no indication that he was experiencing mental or emotional anguish in the days leading up to his death, though friends of his have since indicated he was recently struggling with personal issues.

News of Allen's death prompted an outpouring of grief from sports journalists both locally and nationally. He was 29 years old.

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