WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- In an official report released by the office of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner, pitcher Tyler Skaggs of the LA Angels was stated to have died from an accidental overdose of a potent mix of painkillers and alcohol.
- Before a supposed four series game versus the Texas Rangers started, the 27-year-old was found dead on July 1, one day before his 28th birthday, at a hotel room in Dallas.
- Though the first game was postponed, the teams eventually resumed the games and paid tribute to the late pitcher.
Tyler Skaggs, pitcher of the Los Angeles Angels, died from an accidental overdose of a deadly mix of fentanyl and oxycodone and alcohol, according to a Friday-released report from the medical examiner.
On July 1, Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his Dallas hotel room prior the start of a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. Eventually, the teams played the final three games after postponing the first game.
The technical report issued by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office simply stated ‘accident’ as the manner of death where Skaggs ingested a lethal ‘mix of ethanol, fentanyl, oxycodone with terminal aspiration of gastric contents.’
Skagg’s death exposed the emotions of manager Brad Ausmus, his teammates including Mike Trout the star outfielder and co left-hander and best friend on the team, Andrew Heaney, along with L.A. staff members.
No music nor the usual in-game promotions for the Rangers were played during the first game after Skagg’s death. The Rangers also painted his jersey number ‘45’ on the mound at Globe Life Park.
During their first home game, a day before what would have been Skagg’s 28th birthday, the Angels beat the Seattle Mariners (13-0) on a combined no-hitter from Taylor Cole and Felix Peña. After the win, the L.A. players who were wearing Skagg’s number covered the mound with their jerseys.
A native of Southern California, Skagg, who was drafted in the first round in 2009 by the Angels, debuted in the big league three years after being traded.
In 2014, he returned to the Angels but missed all of the next seasons due to reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. He was also in the 2017 disabled list for over three months recovering from a right oblique muscle strain. In all his 96 career appearances, Skaggs was 28-38 with a 4.41 ERA, all starts.