On May 13, 2011, Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment by family members. He was found unconscious and not breathing. Minneapolis Fire Department members were the first to arrive, and they pronounced him dead.
Derek Boogaard, was cremated Monday May 16 and taken home to Regina, Saskatchewan, Tuesday May 17 with his mother, will be laid to rest Saturday May 21. Funeral services will start at 10 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Depot.