Former Angels employee indicted in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs


Eric Kay, the former Los Angeles Angels employee charged with supplying drugs that led to Tyler Skaggs’ fatal overdose last year, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Texas on two counts of distributing fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance. According to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, the indictment was filed Friday morning in the U.S. District Court in Fort Worth.

The 27-year-old Skaggs was found dead in his Southlake, Texas hotel room on July 1, 2019, hours before the Angels were slated to open a four-game series against the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Weeks later, an autopsy revealed the star pitcher had been under the influence of fentanyl, alcohol and oxycodone at the time of his death.

According to an affidavit, Skaggs exchanged text messages with Kay the night before his death, requesting the Angels employee bring “pills” to his hotel room. Kay, who worked in the team’s media relations department for 24 years prior to his dismissal, was arrested on August 7 of this year. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

A Santa Monica native, Skaggs debuted for the Diamondbacks in 2012 before joining his hometown Halos in a trade two years later. The 2009 first-round pick compiled a career 28-38 record with a 4.41 ERA in 96 major-league starts. He passed 12 days before what would have been his 28th birthday.

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