Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from deadly mix of alcohol, fentanyl, oxycodone, medical examiner says


ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 25: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the third inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Arlington, Texas — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from a lethal mix of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone when he was found unresponsive in a Texas hotel room last month, according to a toxicology report from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, CBS Dallas Fort Worth reported.

Skaggs, 27, aspirated the contents of his stomach, meaning he choked on his own vomit, ultimately causing his death, according to the medical examiner. They also ruled his death accidental.

Skaggs’ family said they’re shocked an employee of the Angels played a part in his death. “We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol. That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much,” the statement said. 

Last month, police found Skaggs inside a Hilton hotel room where he was was pronounced dead. The Southlake Police Department’s investigation into Skaggs’ death is ongoing.

His family vowed they “not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them.”

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