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.
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. Opioids, including fentanyl, oxycodone and oxymorphone, were found in his system, as well as alcohol, according to toxicology results. Skaggs, 27, was found dead at a Hilton hotel in Southlake, Texas, on July 1. CNN has reached out to the Los Angeles Angels and Skaggs' family for comment. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
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.
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 has died
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. A Major League Baseball game was postponed Monday after Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died, officials said. In a statement, the Texas Rangers said its game with the Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington has been postponed. "The Texas Rangers organization wants to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss," the statement said. "The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time."