Los Angeles Angels Baseball Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Dead At 27

Rest in peace, Tyler Skaggs.

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Update: Tyler Skaggs' autopsy revealed his cause of death was from choking on his own vomit after taking opiods (fentanyl and oxycodone), according to a toxicology report from the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

He was a Major League Baseball pitcher whose short career was second-to-none. So, it made sense that his sudden death at the age of 27 came as a shock to sports fans all over the world. How did Tyler Skaggs die?


Here's what we know about this unfortunate tragedy. 

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1. He was only 27 years old. 

ESPN was one of the first outlets to break the news about Tyler Skaggs's sudden passing, and they noted that he was only 27 years old when he was found dead on Monday, July 1, 2019. His death resulted in the Los Angeles Angels postponing their scheduled game against the Texas Rangers. 


"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this devastating time," said the Angels, in a statement provided to the outlet



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Tyler Skaggs was only 27 years old when he passed away. 


2. Tyler Skaggs was found dead in a North Texas hotel. 

According to a report released by CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, Tyler Skaggs was in a Northern Texas hotel, having just arrived with his team to play against the Texas Rangers, when his body was found. However, the police in the area don't suspect foul play was involved in his passing. 

"Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead at a North Texas hotel Monday while in town for a series against the Texas Rangers. Police in Southlake, about 25 miles northwest of Dallas, said officers found the 27-year-old pitcher unresponsive at the Hilton hotel at 1400 Plaza Place and he was pronounced dead at the scene. No foul play is suspected," reported the outlet.



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Police don't suspect foul play in the death of Tyler Skaggs.


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3. His passing sparked an outpouring of grief throughout Major League Baseball. 

It's always a tragedy when an athlete loses his life prior to his time, but Tyler Skaggs' passing resulted in a special type of outpouring of grief — namely, amongst the entirety of the MLB, who was shocked at his sudden death. 

According to CBS Sports, Giancarlo Stanton was one of many players who shared a heartfelt Instagram post when word of Tyler Skaggs' passing was released. And it wasn't the first time that Stanton had to deal with such a tragedy. 

"During the 2016 season, Stanton dealt with the sudden death of his Miami Marlins teammate Jose Fernandez, who died at the age of 24 in a boating accident. Speaking from experience, Stanton shared how the Angels players can work through the death of their teammate. "My message to the Angels while having no time for yourself to grieve is to hug each other, laugh, cry, lift the ones taking it extra hard up," Stanton wrote, according to the outlet.



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Many Major League Baseball players shared their thoughts about Tyler Skaggs. 

4. An autopsy is scheduled to determine how Tyler Skaggs died. 

Even though police suspect no foul play, or even suicide, in the death of Tyler Skaggs, an autopsy is scheduled to be conducted to determine how he could have lost his life at such a young age. 


"At this time, no foul play is suspected. The investigation is ongoing, and we will release pertinent information when it becomes available," said the Southlake Police, in an official statement provided to CBS News.

Our thoughts are with Tyler Skaggs' family during this difficult time. 



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Tyler Skaggs leaves behind a wife. 


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