Ex-Angels Employee Indicted In Connection With Tyler Skaggs Death

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A federal grand jury in Texas has indicted former Angels employee Eric Kay on two counts in the overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, according to the Los Angeles Times. The indictment charges Kay with distributing the fentanyl that resulted in Skaggs’ death last year.

“On or about June 30, 2019 … Eric Prescott Kay, the defendant, did knowingly and intentionally distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, and the use of said substance resulted in the death and serious bodily injury of [Skaggs],” the indictment said.

Kay, who worked for the Angels’ media relations department for 24 years, was arrested and charged with distributing fentanyl in early August.

The 27-year-old Skaggs was found dead in his Southlake, Texas, hotel room on July 1, 2019, just hours before the Angels were set to play the Rangers.

A toxicology report revealed he had fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system. While under the influence of those substances, he choked on his vomit and died.

The Angels selected Skaggs with the 40th pick in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. He went 28–38 with a 4.41 ERA in seven major league seasons.