The family of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs said it was shocked to hear that an employee from the MLB club could possibly be & # 39; part of the 27-year-old death investigation due to an accidental drug overdose.
The statement came just hours after a report from the Texas coroner on Friday said Skaggs died after suffocating in his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system.
& # 39; We were shocked to hear that there might have been an employee from the Los Angeles Angels involved. We will not rest until we know the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these drugs, including who supplied them, & said the family statement.
Now, family members have hired a powerful celebrity attorney Rusty Hardin, whose former clients are MLB legends Roger Clemens and Wade Boggs.
Angel jug Tyler Skaggs died choking by his own vomit after taking a deadly mix of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol, the medical researcher has decided
Skaggs is seen with his wife. The thrower's family has suggested that a member of the team was somehow involved in his death due to an opioid overdose in July
Lawyer Rusty Hardin (left) is seen with client and NFL declining Adrian Peterson in 2014. The Skaggs family hired Hardin to represent them in relation to the death of the pitcher
Complete statement from the Skagg family
& # 39; We are deeply saddened to hear that the death of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol.
& # 39; That is completely out of character for someone who has worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a promising future in the game he loved so much.
& # 39; We are grateful for the work of the Southlake Police Department investigators and their ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Tyler's death.
& # 39; We were shocked to hear that there might have been an employee from the Los Angeles Angels involved. We will not rest until we know the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these drugs, including who delivered them. & # 39;
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area on July 1 before the start of what would be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the last three games.
& # 39; That is completely out of character for someone who has worked so hard to become a Major League Baseball player and had a promising future in the game he loved so much, & # 39; said the family.
The statement thanked the police on the Dallas suburb of Southlake for the investigation and said they were shocked to hear that there might have been a Los Angeles Angels employee involved. The family said it hired Texas lawyer Rusty Hardin to try and determine how Skaggs got the drugs.
Southlake police said the investigation was ongoing and would not release additional information.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler cited the investigation when he refused to comment on the possibility that an employee was involved, and whether that person was still with the club.
& # 39; Everyone in the organization wants facts, so we actively participate in a research & # 39 ;, said Eppler before the Angels organized Boston. & # 39; We miss Tyler every day. He misses that clubhouse every day.
& # 39; Nothing that we have learned today changes those feelings. Not even a little bit. But this is like a shot at our core. And it brings back a lot of pain for that tragic day. & # 39;
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said the competition was unaware of the accusation and was planning to investigate.
The Angels wrote on Twitter on Friday: & # 39; Tyler was and remains a beloved member of the Angels Family and we are deeply saddened to learn what caused this tragic death. Angels Baseball has given our full cooperation and assistance to the Southlake Police in conducting their investigation & # 39;
The office of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner did not comment outside the report.
A toxicological report revealed that Skaggs had a deadly mix of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone in his system when he died.
He also had & # 39; terminal aspiration of stomach contents & # 39 ;, which essentially means he choked on his own vomit.
The Southlake Police Department said it is still investigating the death of Skaggs even after his death was ruled as an accident.
The Angels wrote on Twitter on Friday: & # 39; Tyler was and remains a beloved member of the Angels Family and we are deeply saddened to learn what caused this tragic death. Angels Baseball has provided our full cooperation and assistance to the Southlake Police during their investigation. & # 39;
Oxycodon is prohibited under the Joint Drug Agreement of Major League Baseball, while fentanyl is labeled as a & # 39; drug of abuse & # 39; under the agreement.
Skaggs, who married his wife Carli in December, was found dead in his Texas hotel room in July
Skaggs had posted a photo with his teammates who were getting ready to board a plane to Texas the day before he died. His wife also shared an image of the Cowboy theme (above) of him a few hours before he was found dead
Skaggs only married his wife Carli in December and they had plans to start a family.
Skaggs was found dead in his Hilton hotel room in Southlake near Dallas on July 1 before the start of what would be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers.
He had posted a photo with his teammates who were getting ready to board a plane to Texas the day before he died. Skaggs' wife had also shared an image of the Cowboy theme of him a few hours before he was found dead.
The first game against the Rangers was postponed after his death.
The police revealed at the time that they did not suspect suicide.
Those who had been with him the day before had reported that he & # 39; was completely normal & # 39; layman.
The death of Skaggs surprised his team and forced the postponement of a four-game opener against the Texas Rangers. The first game back (above) was played on a creepy quiet night with no music or promotions on the pitch
Shortly after his death on July 1, a make-shift monument was erected outside the Angels Stadium in Anaheim
The death of Skaggs exposed the emotions of manager Brad Ausmus, star outfielder Mike Trout and fellow left-handed Andrew Heaney, his best friend in the team, along with the rest of his teammates and Angels employees.
The first game after Skaggs died was played without music or the usual in-game promotions for the Rangers, who are number & # 39; 45 & # 39; painted on the back of the hill in Globe Life Park.
The native of Southern California was drafted by the angels in the first round in 2009 and made his big league debut with Arizona three years later after being traded.
Skaggs returned to the angels in 2014 and missed the entire next season recovering from a reconstructive operation on his left elbow.
He also spent more than three months on the disabled list in 2017 with a right oblique muscle load.
Skaggs was 28-38 with a 4.41 ERA in 96 career appearances, everything starts.
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