ExAn­gels em­ployee is in­dicted in Sk­aggs’ death

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A fed­eral grand jury in­dicted a for­mer Los An­ge­les An­gels em­ployee on drug charges for al­legedly pro­vid­ing An­gels pitcher Tyler Sk­aggs with the drugs that caused his over­dose death.

Eric Prescott Kay was charged Thurs­day with drug dis­tri­bu­tion and drug con­spir­acy in Sk­aggs’ over­dose death, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment in Fort Worth, Texas. The charges carry a max­i­mum of a life sen­tence and 20 years in prison, re­spec­tively.

Kay re­mained free on his own re­cog­ni­zance. A mes­sage seek­ing com­ment from Kay’s at­tor­ney, Rea­gan Wynn, was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Sk­aggs was found dead in his sub­ur­ban Dal­las ho­tel room on July 1, 2019, be­fore the start of what was sup­posed to be a fourgame se­ries against the Texas Rangers. The first game was post­poned.

A coro­ner’s re­port said Sk­aggs had choked to death on his vomit with a toxic mix of al­co­hol and the drugs fen­tanyl and oxy­codone in his sys­tem, which Kay was ac­cused of pro­vid­ing.

Kay was the An­gels’ direc­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and he served as their pub­li­cre­la­tions con­tact on many road trips. He was placed on leave shortly af­ter Sk­aggs’ death, and he did not re­turn to the team.

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