FORT WORTH, Texas — Toxicology and autopsy reports were released Friday afternoon regarding the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
According to the autopsy report, the cause of death was a mixture of alcohol, fentanyl, and oxycodone intoxication. The manner of death was accidental.
Skaggs, 27, was found unconscious in a Hilton Hotel room on July 1 in Southlake, Texas while he was in town for a game against the Texas Rangers. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner noted that Skaggs was vomiting as he went into cardiac arrest after consuming the substances. Skaggs’ brain also swelled as his heart valves began to thicken.
The Centers for Disease Control define fentanyl as a prescribed opioid pain reliever that is 50 to 100 more powerful than morphine. Most of the cases of fentanyl-related overdoses or death have been linked to fentanyl that is illegally created.
Skaggs had been a regular in the Angels’ starting rotation since late 2016, when he returned from Tommy John surgery. He struggled with injuries repeatedly over the past three seasons but persevered to become a valuable starter in Los Angeles’ injury-plagued rotation.
He was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills. Skaggs graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2009, when the Angels drafted him in the first round.
In a statement released by Skaggs’ family, they have hired an attorney to discover how their son came into possession of the narcotics.
Skaggs family released the following statement after the autopsy was released:
“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.
We are grateful for the work of the detectives in the Southlake Police Department and their ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Tyler’s death. We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels. We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them. To that end, we have hired Texas attorney Rusty Hardin to assist us.”