- Associated Press - Sunday, November 6, 2011

FREDERICKS, COLO. (AP) - Authorities say they are investigating the death of an athletic trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters after he was found shot in his Colorado home.

Weld County sheriff spokeswoman Margie Martinez said Saturday that the girlfriend of 42-year-old Thomas Bashline’s called deputies around 4:30 p.m. Friday, saying she had found him unresponsive in a bedroom. Bashline’s home is 11 miles west of Frederick in northern Colorado.

Investigators responding to the scene determined he had died.

A weapon had not been located, and a suspect had not been identified.

The Denver Post reports that Bashline was a trainer for a local high school for 10 years before the Globetrotters hired him.

The Harlem Globetrotters did not immediately respond to Associated Press request for comment in a phone message left late Saturday night.

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