Ex-Angels employee indicted in Tyler Skaggs' fatal overdose
FORT WORTH, Texas – 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. Kay was the Angels’ director of communications, and he served as their public relations contact on many road trips. He was placed on leave shortly after Skaggs’ death, and he never returned to the team. Team officials said they had not been aware that Skaggs, a 27-year-old left-hander, was an opioids user and didn’t know any employees were providing drugs to players.
MLB MVPs and Hollywood stars go to bat for California families
MALIBU, Calif. (Reuters) - Major League Baseballs best and Hollywoods brightest teamed up to raise money for families affected by wildfires, mass shootings and other tragedies in California with a softball game in picturesque Malibu on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Carli Skaggs, wife of late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, poses for a photo after throwing out the first pitch at the California Strong celebrity softball game in Malibu, California, U.S., January 12, 2020. An emotional moment came when Carli Skaggs, wife of late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, threw out a ceremonial first pitch before a crowd of 2,500 fans on a sun-soaked afternoon. The founders said they were dedicated to growing the upstart charity over the long term. Last seasons NL MVP, Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger, said the charity spread by word of mouth among California-born athletes and those who call the state home now.feeds.reuters.com
MLB removes pot from list of banned substances but will test for opioids after Angels pitcher's death
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim players during a moment of silence before playing the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The entire Angels team wore Tyler Skaggs #45 jersey to honor him after his death on July 1 and won 13-0 in a combined no-hitter. The updated policy comes months after the shock death of 27-year-old Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, whose autopsy showed oxycodone, fentanyl, and alcohol in his system. Major League players were not randomly tested for drugs of abuse including opioids unless there was reasonable cause under the previous policy. Kellyanne Conway, a senior counsellor to U.S. President Donald Trump, praised the updated policy in a written statement.cnbc.com
Angels official provided Tyler Skaggs with drugs
Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (CNN) - A top public relations official with the Los Angeles Angels provided oxycodone to Tyler Skaggs, and abused the drug with him before the pitcher died earlier this year, the employee's attorney told CNN on Saturday. ESPN reported that Eric Kay, the Angels' director of communications, also gave the DEA the names of five other players who he believed were using opiates while with the Angels team. "The Angels maintain a strict, zero tolerance policy regarding the illicit use of drugs for both players and staff," he said. Skaggs family attorney Rusty Hardin said the family appreciates the work that law enforcement is doing.
Autopsy: Angels pitcher Skaggs used opioids, alcohol
LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died by choking on vomit after using drugs and alcohol, according to the Tarrant County, Texas, medical examiner's office. High levels of opioids, including fentanyl, oxycodone and oxymorphone, were found in his system, as well as alcohol, according to toxicology results. Angels Manager Brad Ausmus said Skaggs' death left a "huge void." An estimated 47,590 involved opioids, and 31,897 involved synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and tramadol. A US government report last year found that fentanyl is the most commonly used drug involved in overdoses.
Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs' Cause of Death Revealed
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from a lethal mix of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone when he was found unresponsive in a Texas hotel room last month, according to a toxicology report from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office, CBS Dallas Fort Worth reported. Skaggs, 27, aspirated the contents of his stomach, meaning he choked on his own vomit, ultimately causing his death, according to the medical examiner. Last month, police found Skaggs inside a Hilton hotel room where he was was pronounced dead. The Southlake Police Department's investigation into Skaggs' death is ongoing. ET)RELATED CONTENT:'MythBusters' Star Jessi Combs Dead at 36 After 'Horrific Accident''Shark Tank' Star Kevin OLeary Involved in 'Tragic' Boat Accident That Left 2 People DeadPeter Fonda, 'Easy Rider' Star, Dead at 79
Angels pitcher Skaggs dies at age 27
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs has died at the age of 27 while traveling with the team in Texas, the Angels said on Monday. It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas, the team said in a statement, which did not reveal the cause of death. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. When officers arrived they found Skaggs unresponsive and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Skaggs, a Southern California native, was drafted out of high school by the Angels in the first round of the 2009 draft and made his big league debut in 2012.feeds.reuters.com
Moment of silence held before MLB game in memory of Tyler Skaggs
(CNN) - A moment of silence was held Tuesday before the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers took the field, in memory of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs' image was displayed on the electronic billboard in Globe Life Park in Arlington before Tuesday's Major League Baseball game. Angels players wore Skaggs' number -- 45 -- on black patches on their uniforms in their first game since his death. Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney grabbed Skaggs' jersey and held it with another player during the moment of silence. Monday's game, the first of a four-game series against the Rangers, was postponed after Skaggs' death.
Tyler Skaggs to be honored at Angels-Rangers game
(CNN) - After taking a night off to mourn teammate Tyler Skaggs, whose death remains a mystery, the Los Angeles Angels will take the field Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers will donate the proceeds from a fan raffle to the Angels Baseball Foundation in Skaggs' honor, the team said. Fans who had tickets to Monday's game should hold on to them until it's rescheduled, the Rangers said. Skaggs last pitched Saturday, completing 4 innings in the Angels' game against the Oakland As in Anaheim. Tyler Skaggs later posted a picture on his Instagram account of what appears to be teammates wearing cowboy hats, standing near a plane.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, found dead in hotel room
Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (CNN) - Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead at a Hilton hotel in Southlake, Texas, Monday, officials said. The Los Angeles Times reported that a police spokesman said suicide "is not suspected." That night, Tyler Skaggs posted a picture on his Instagram account of what appears to be teammates wearing cowboy hats, standing near a plane. One fan wore the jersey of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, who was killed in a car crash in 2009 in California.
Tyler Skaggs' death adds to Angels' heartbreaking losses
Pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in a Texas hotel room Monday, police said in a statement. He joins a list of players on the same Major League Baseball team to die at a young age. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my sincere sympathy to the families and friends of all three victims and to the entire Angels' organization. The hearts of everyone in baseball are with them at this most difficult time," Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement at the time. Ruiz, 33, was a .240 career hitter in 565 Major League games.
Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Dead at 27
The Los Angeles Angels have announced that left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead Monday morning in Texas. Here is the Angels statement:"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas. Angels statement on the passing of Tyler Skaggs. pic.twitter.com/6XA2Vu1uWV Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 1, 2019Our deepest sympathies are with the family of Tyler Skaggs & the entire @Angels organization. pic.twitter.com/Xi1qNEmbRa Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 1, 2019MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred released this statement:"I am deeply saddened by today's tragedy in Texas.
Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels pitcher, dead at 27
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has died, the team announced Monday. Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Texas Rangers on May 25, 2019. Getty Images"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," the Angels said in a statement posted on Twitter, calling him "an important part of the Angels family." Angels statement on the passing of Tyler Skaggs. pic.twitter.com/6XA2Vu1uWV Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 1, 2019The Texas Rangers released a statement expressing "deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and the entire Angels organization for this shocking loss."cbsnews.com
Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dead at 27
Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday at the age of 27, stunning Major League Baseball and leading to the postponement of the team's game against the Texas Rangers. Skaggs was "an important part of the Angels Family," the team said in a statement. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2009, when the Angels drafted him in the first round. Skaggs grew up in Santa Monica, on the west side of the sprawling Los Angeles metroplex, but rooted for the Angels instead of the closer Dodgers.cnbc.com