Angels Employee Charged with Distributing Fentanyl in Overdose Death of Tyler Skaggs



The athlete had a blood-alcohol level of 0.122 (above the legal limit of 0.08), 3.8 nanograms per milliliter of fentanyl and 38 nanograms of oxycodone, a prescription-strength pain killer, in his system when he died. The use of oxycodone is prohibited by Major League Baseball.

In a criminal complaint obtained by the Los Angeles Times, authorites wrote, "It was later determined that but for the fentanyl in [Skaggs’] system, he would not have died."

Kay worked in the Angels’ media relations department for 24 years. He resigned after Skaggs' death. He has not yet entered a plea to the charge against him, and his attorney did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment.

In a statement on Twitter, the Los Angeles Angels called Skaggs' death a "tragedy that has impacted countless individuals and families."

"The Angels Organization has fully cooperated with Law Enforcement and Major League Baseball," the statement reads. "Additionally … we hired a former federal prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation."

“We learned that there was unacceptable behavior inconsistent with our code of conduct, and we took steps to address it," the statement continues. "Our investigation also confirmed that no one in management was aware, or informed, of any employee providing opioids to any player, nor that Tyler was using opioids. As we try to heal from the loss of Tyler, we continue to work with authorities as they complete their investigation.”

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