(fashion) Los Angeles baseball pitcher Tyler Skaggs' teammates are in shock over his cause of death - a fatal mix of alcohol and opioids.
Tyler Skaggs, 27, was found dead in a Southlake, Texas hotel room on July 1, just hours before his team was scheduled to play a four-game series against the Rangers.
His official cause of death was finally released on Friday revealing he died suffocating on his own vomit after taking a lethal mix of alcohol, fentanyl, and oxycodone. His blood-alcohol level surpassed that of legal impairment.
His teammate Mike Trout said he was stunned to hear the results of the toxicology report and was unaware that Skaggs was even on opioids in the first place.
'We didn’t know he was going through this. Just a tough situation when this came out. Tough to put your mind to it,' the center fielder said to MLB News.
Los Angeles Angels player Mike Trout (left) reveals he was shocked to hear about Tyler Skaggs' (right) toxicology report released Friday that revealed the pitcher died choking on his own vomit after taking a lethal mix of alcohol and opioids, resulting in his shocking death on July 1
The Angels took to Twitter Friday writing: 'Tyler was and always will be 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 as they conduct their investigation'
Oxycodone is banned pursuant to Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Agreement while fentanyl is labeled as a 'drug of abuse' under the agreement.
'Obviously, it doesn't change my view on Tyler. He made a big impact on my life, this team. I was kind of shocked when the news came out like that. That’s tough, but it doesn’t change the feeling I have for him and the way he impacted my life,' Trout added.
Trout and Skaggs were both selected by the Angels in the 2009 Draft.
Skaggs had only married his wife Carli in December and they had plans to start a family.
He was found dead in his Hilton hotel room in Southlake near Dallas on July 1. Just a day prior he posted a photo with his teammates getting ready to board a plane to Texas. Skaggs' wife had also shared a Cowboy-theme image of him just hours before he was found dead.
Following his death, police at the time said they did not suspect suicide.
Trout says he was in the dark of the pitcher's use of opioids, and had he known, he would have intervened.
'Obviously, if I knew I would definitely have said something or did something,' Trout said. 'It’s tough. You love Tyler. We didn’t know he was going through this. Just a tough situation when this came out. Tough to put your mind to it. But it doesn’t change the way I feel about Tyler and the way he impacted my life.'
The toxicology report release on Friday came as a surprise, leading the clubhouse to be closed to media before