Report: DEA investigating Tyler Skaggs death due to fentanyl involvement
The federal government is getting involved in the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
According to a report from ESPN’s TJ Quinn published Wednesday, the Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating how Skaggs may have obtained fentanyl, which was one of the narcotics present in the pitcher’s system at the time of his death. Skaggs died on July 1 after choking on his vomit. He had fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system, according to an autopsy that was publicly released on Aug. 30.
In a statement issued the day the autopsy was released, Skaggs’ family accused an Angels employee of having involvement in the pitcher obtaining the drugs.
Fentanyl is an opioid that has been involved in the deaths of celebrities like Prince, Tom Petty, Lil Peep, and Mac Miller. The substance is said to be 100 times stronger than morphine. Deaths due to fentanyl overdoses have spiked in the U.S. in recent years