Coroner rules on Sk­aggs death

The Morning Call - - BASEBALL -

ARLINGTON, Texas — An­gels pitcher Tyler Sk­aggs died of an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose from a toxic mix of the pow­er­ful painkiller­s fen­tanyl and oxy­codone along with al­co­hol, a Texas med­i­cal ex­am­iner said in a re­port re­leased Fri­day.

Sk­aggs’ fam­ily is­sued a state­ment sug­gest­ing an An­gels em­ployee was part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“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 fam­ily said less than two hours after the coroner’s re­port was made public. “We will not rest un­til we learn ... how Tyler came into pos­ses­sion of these nar­cotics, in­clud­ing who sup­plied them.”

The 27-year-old Sk­aggs was found dead in his ho­tel room in the Dal­las area July 1 be­fore the start of what was sup­posed to be a four-game se­ries against the Rangers. The first game was post­poned.

The Tar­rant County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice re­port said Sk­aggs died as a re­sult of “mixed ethanol, fen­tanyl and oxy­codone in­tox­i­ca­tion with ter­mi­nal as­pi­ra­tion of gastric con­tents.”

It said sim­ply: “Man­ner of death: Ac­ci­dent.” The coroner’s of­fice didn’t com­ment fur­ther.

South­lake (Texas) po­lice said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing and wouldn’t re­lease ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

The An­gels said the club was co­op­er­at­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We were un­aware of the al­le­ga­tion and will in­ves­ti­gate,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said.

MAR­CIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP

A Texas med­i­cal ex­am­iner ruled that Tyler Sk­aggs died July 1 of an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose.

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