Former Angels employee Eric Kay indicted for distributing fentanyl to Tyler Skaggs

  • Former Angels employee Eric Kay indicted for distributing fentanyl to Tyler Skaggs

Former Angels employee Eric Kay indicted for distributing fentanyl to Tyler Skaggs

"Our defense team is working diligently to bring the truth to light, and we thank you for your anticipated patience going forward", Molfetta said.

In a statement issued Friday after news of Kay's court appearance, the Angels said they opened an independent investigation into Skaggs' death.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room the next morning, July 1, 2019. A toxicology report released by the Tarrant County, Tex., medical examiner's office the next month listed Skaggs's cause of death as "mixed ethanol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents", meaning the pitcher choked on his vomit while in bed.

Ex-Angels communications director Eric Prescott Kay, 45, is charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with Skaggs' overdose a year ago in Southlake.

Skaggs, who was well-liked in the Angels' clubhouse for his outgoing personality and supportive nature, died 12 days before his 28th birthday.

Michael Molfetta, Kay's attorney, said in a statement that Skaggs' death is a tragedy and addiction is "a debilitating and destructive disease".

If convicted, Kay faces a maximum of 20 years in a federal prison.

However, according to the criminal complaint which was filed July 30 and unsealed Friday, text messages between Kay and Scaggs, along with other evidence, revealed that Kay had stopped by Skaggs' hotel room late on the night before he died to deliver pills to him.

The Angels also stated the team has fully cooperated with law enforcement and Major League Baseball.

Throughout the investigation, the Angels have denied other employees were aware Skaggs was using opioids.

"We learned that there was unacceptable behavior inconsistent with our code of conduct, and we took steps to address it", the team said.

"As we try to heal from the loss of Tyler, we continue to work with authorities as they complete their investigation".