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A federal grand jury indicted former Los Angeles Angels communications director Eric Kay on Thursday on charges related to the 2019 death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
According to the indictment, Kay, who told federal agents he provided drugs to Skaggs, is charged with distributing a controlled substance that resulted in Skaggs’ death and for possessing with the intent to distribute the opioid fentanyl.
Skaggs was found dead July 1, 2019, after asphyxiating on his own vomit, and an autopsy found oxycodone, ethanol and fentanyl in the pitcher’s system. Skaggs was 27. Law enforcement officials have told ESPN they believe Skaggs snorted oxycodone and was likely unaware it contained the fentanyl, a powerful and deadly drug sometimes added to other drugs to make the effects more potent.
According to a 2019 ESPN investigation, Kay told U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents last year he had given Skaggs several oxycodone pills before the team left for a series in Texas, where Skaggs died, and that the two had an ongoing arrangement by which Skaggs paid for their drugs and Kay obtained them from dealers.
Kay told investigators that he saw Skaggs snort oxycodone in his hotel