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Man found dead at home ID'd as Pete Rose's former bookie

FRANKLIN, Ohio -- A man found dead in his Ohio apartment last month has been identified as a former bookie for baseball hits leader Pete Rose.

The Warren County coroner’s office said Monday that Ronald Peters was found dead Nov. 19 during a welfare check by Franklin police. Coroner’s investigator Doyle Burke says police had responded to residents’ complaints of odors.

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The coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology tests before ruling on a cause of death. Burke says there were no signs of foul play.

Peters testified in a 1989 investigation, saying Rose bet on games.

Rose was a Cincinnati Reds All-Star who had 4,256 hits. He agreed to a lifetime baseball ban after the investigation concluded he bet on games involving the Reds while managing them. He later acknowledged betting on games, including Reds games.

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