Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room the next morning, July 1, 2019.
An autopsy later determined the Angels pitcher died after choking on his own vomit, which was caused by a lethal combination of opioids and alcohol. In Friday’s press release, authorities added, “But for the fentanyl, Mr. Skaggs would not have died.”
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The district attorney’s office also claimed that through the course of their investigation they learned the former communications director for the Angels would deal blue M/30 pills, or “blue boys” as they’re called in slang terms, to other individuals at the Angels stadium.
Kay, who worked for the Angels for over 20 years, left his position as the director of communications for the team shortly after Skagg’s overdose.
NBC News. "As we try to heal from the loss of Tyler, we continue to work with authorities as they complete their investigation."” data-reactid=”64″>From the outset, the Angels organization has cooperated with authorities and conducted their own internal investigation. “Our investigation also confirmed that no one in management was aware, or informed, of any employee providing opioids to any player, nor that Tyler was using opioids,” the Angels said in a statement to NBC News. “As we try to heal from the loss of Tyler, we continue to work with authorities as they complete their investigation.”
If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
spoke with People on the first anniversary of his death, describing the loss as a "hard" thing to process. "I’m sad all the time. Less numb, but sad, heartbroken that I don’t have my son here," Hetman said. "It’s not gonna be the anniversary I look forward to ever."” data-reactid=”67″>Tyler’s wife, Carli Skaggs, and mother Debbie Hetman spoke with People on the first anniversary of his death, describing the loss as a “hard” thing to process. “I’m sad all the time. Less numb, but sad, heartbroken that I don’t have my son here,” Hetman said. “It’s not gonna be the anniversary I look forward to ever.”
But the family has worked to bring purpose to his death by establishing the Tyler Skaggs Foundation, which supports athletic programs and initiatives for children. His mother shared, “We started the foundation because growing up, [Tyler] was involved in a lot of sports and athletic teams and he made lifelong friends. Before he died, they were true friends at his wedding, just a part of his life.”