FORT WORTH — A federal jury in Texas Thursday found a former publicist for the Los Angeles Angels guilty of supplying drugs that led to the overdose death of a pitcher in 2019.
The 12-person jury concluded that Eric Kay was guilty of distributing the fentanyl and oxycodone that resulted in Skaggs choking on his own vomit in a Dallas-area hotel room just prior to a game between the Angels and the Texas Rangers.
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room at the Hilton Southlake/Dallas Town Square just after 2 p.m. on July 1, 2019. He was 27 years old.
An autopsy report concluded Skaggs had fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol in his system — but prosecutors argued Skaggs would not have died “but for” the fentanyl, which they said originated in counterfeit oxycodone pills Kay gave Skaggs in Texas.
Four former Angels players testified during trial that Kay supplied drugs to them as well.
Kay, 47, faces a minimum 20-year sentence and a $1 million fine.