January 15, 2021

Ex-Angels employee charged in death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs (New York Post)


The Angels’ former director of communications has been charged with allegedly supplying drugs to Tyler Skaggs, the team’s pitcher who was found dead in his hotel room last July after an overdose, according to officials.

Eric Kay was charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas announced Friday. Kay was arrested Friday morning and could face up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted.

The 27-year-old Skaggs was found dead on July 1, 2019 in Texas — where the Angels were playing the Rangers — with the opioids fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, along with alcohol, according to the toxicology report.

“It was later determined that but for the fentanyl in [Skaggs’] system, [Skaggs] would not have died,” an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth said.

Investigators found pills in Skaggs’ hotel room, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, including a single blue pill that “resembled a 30-milligram oxycodone tablet” and was laced with fentanyl.

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A memorial for late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.AP Photo

The affidavit said Kay would “distribute these pills to [Skaggs] and others in…

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