Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ death has been ruled an overdose by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. A toxicology reported showed high levels of fentanyl, oxycodone, and oxymorphone, along with alcohol, in his system at his time of death.
Skaggs’ family stated that it was “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 Southlake Police Department is further investigating the circumstances surrounding the baseball player’s death. “We were shocked to learn that [Tyler Skaggs’ overdose] 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.” Though the Southlake Police Department said the investigation is ongoing, the police in Anaheim, California said that they “have not been made aware of any criminal allegations and are not investigating.”
Angels Manager Brad Ausmus reflects on Tyler Skaggs’ overdose death: “I said at the time it didn’t matter to me what the cause was. We still lost someone way too early, someone we liked and cared about and there’s a huge void as a result. So it didn’t matter to me then and it doesn’t matter to me now. Those facts remain the same.”
Reflecting on Tyler Skaggs’ Overdose
Tyler’s story is a tragically common one. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 700,000 people died from a drug overdose between the years 1999-2017. Almost 70 percent of the drug related overdoses in 2017 involved an opioid. That averages out about 130 Americans who die every day from an opioid overdose. Recovery Unplugged wishes Tyler Skaggs’ fans and loved ones the strength they need to get through this unspeakably difficult time, and encourages anyone who is struggling with substance use disorder to seek proper addiction treatment.