All the mystery involving the death of LA Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has now had some light shed on it, but it is unfortunately not a good light.
The death of LA Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs days before his 28th birthday has been a tragic story that hit the Angels organization like a lead balloon. Up until now there was only speculation as to the cause of Skaggs’ death, but according to a LA Times story released at 1 p.m. Pacific Time on their latimes.com website, which was co-written by Angel beat writer Maria Torres and Mike DiGiovanna which said Skaggs died due to “Alcohol, fentanyl, and oxycodone intoxication which caused terminal aspiration of gastric contents.” Simply put Skaggs mixed several narcotics with alcohol to an extent that caused him to vomit and he choked to death on that vomit.
This makes the death of Skaggs even more tragic than it already was. Anytime you have someone pass away at young age it makes it a lot tougher to handle, and now to find out the nature of the death it feels even worse. Our prayers go out to his family and friends as this definitely reopens a wound that was slowly healing with the memorial service and club tribute over a month in the past.
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There had speculation about opioid use leading to Skaggs’ death as days after the tragedy the Santa Monica Observer newspaper released a story saying that opioids were believed to be the cause of Skaggs’ death. The story got widely criticized including by the Angels and Texas police for being incorrect. Now it is found that what the Observer reported on July 3rd (two days after the death).
According to the latimes.com report the Skaggs family has hired a Houston-based defense attorney Rusty Hardin to investigate the findings and see if there was any negligence on the part of one Angel staff member who may have contributed to his death.
The announcement finally puts a reason to tragedy but the pain is still there if not increased by now knowing what happened that fateful July 1st day in Southlake, Texas. Despite the announcement this shouldn’t take away from the life and legacy of Tyler Skaggs. It was an unfortunate accident that could have been avoided avoided.
Just remember that during this difficult time, the family still needs your support and prayers. Please keep them coming. R.I.P. Tyler we will miss you. #We’renasty.