Back in July, baseball fans were stunned by the death of Tyler Skaggs, a 27-year-old pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels.
Now, medical examiners in Los Angeles county have released the results of toxicology testing that points to the cause of Skaggs’ death.
According to the official coroner’s report, Skaggs passed away due to a combination "alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents."
It appears that after a night in which he ingested several intoxicating substances, Skaggs choked on his own vomit while unconscious.
Now, in a shocking turn of events, the Skaggs family has revealed that they intend to take legal action, as they believe an employee of the Angels is directly responsible for Tyler’s passing:
"We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol," the statement said.
"That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much," it continued.
"We are grateful for the work of the detectives in the Southlake Police Department and their ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Tyler’s death. We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels," the grieving family added.
"We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them. To that end, we have hired attorney Rusty Hardin to assist us."
This is the first time the family has publicly suggested the possibility of taking action against the Angels.
In his own statement, attorney Hardin stated that it’s "way too early" to speculate on any potential legal action by Skaggs’ loved ones.
"I think the thing to keep in mind is they’re just still so devastated, both the wife and the family, about this young man’s death, and they just want to know what happened and how it happened," Hardin told the Los Angeles Times.
"We’re going to want to know how it came about that those drugs were ingested and whether or not others are responsible for what happened."
The Angels have yet to publicly respond to the allegations and have issued no official statement on Skagg’s passing since their initial press release:
"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," the team said at the time.
"Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time."
We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.