Former Angels employee indicted in Tyler Skaggs’ fatal overdose

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

Skaggs, 27, died in July 2019. A federal grand jury on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, has indicted Eric Prescott Kay, a former Los Angeles Angels employee in the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs from the drugs Kay is accused of providing.

Kay - who worked with the Angels in media relations for 24 years - had previously been charged by prosecutors with distribution of the fentanyl that led to Skaggs' overdose death back in June 2019. A federal grand jury in Texas, where Skaggs died, returned the indictment, which was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth. He was arrested that month but has yet to enter a plea. High levels of opioids, including fentanyl, oxycodone and oxymorphone, were found in his system, as well as alcohol, according to toxicology results. The left-hander had a career record of 28-38 with a 4.41 ERA in 96 starts.

In the exchange, Kay asks "Hoe [sic] many?".to which Skaggs responded, "Just a few like 5".

The indictment also stated Kay possessed and meant to distribute fentanyl "beginning in or before 2017", according to ESPN.

"He's dealing with his own demons. He doesn't feel good about that for obvious reasons", Molfetta said. In October, Kay said he was fully cooperating with law enforcement, calling it "the right thing to do". "Our investigation also confirmed that no one in management was aware, or informed, of any employee providing opioids to any player, nor that Tyler was using opioids".

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