Thursday, July 4, 2019

Los Angeles Angels deny that Tyler Skaggs died of a drug overdose in Texas hotel


Los Angeles Angels deny that Tyler Skaggs died of a drug overdose in Texas hotel as his local paper publishes correction over its 'speculative' piece comparing player to late pitcher Tommy Hanson


    Following the unexplained death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Angels has publicly refuted a speculative story about how he died
    Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room near Dallas on Monday – two days after his final performance for the Angels
    The Santa Monica Observer, Skaggs's hometown paper, published a story referencing other mysterious deaths that ultimately proved to be drug related
    An Angels spokesperson rejected the story: 'This article is categorically incorrect. The cause of death is still under investigation'
    The Angels spokesperson continued: 'This sort of reckless reporting from Tyler's hometown paper is disappointing and harmful'
    The Observer deleted much of the speculation within the article, but some potential clues about the original copy have appeared on social media
    There were references to the deaths of singer Tom Petty and ex-Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson. The pair died of legal and illegal drug overdoses, respectively  

By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 10:54 EDT, 3 July 2019 
Updated: 15:07 EDT, 3 July 2019
Tyler Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room near Dallas on Monday – two days after his final performance for the Angeles. Southlake, Texas police said that no foul play is suspected. An autopsy has been performed, but those results may not be known for months

Tyler Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room near Dallas on Monday – two days after his final performance for the Angeles. Southlake, Texas police said that no foul play is suspected. An autopsy has been performed, but those results may not be known for months

Following the unexplained death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Angels has publicly refuted a speculative story in the 27-year-old's hometown paper that suggested he may have died from a drug overdose.

'This article is categorically incorrect,' explained Angels spokesperson Marie Garvey. 'The cause of death is still under investigation as stated by the Southlake Police Department. We have tried to contact the paper to correct this story but have [been] unsuccessful in our attempts. This sort of reckless reporting from Tyler's hometown paper is disappointing and harmful.'

Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room near Dallas on Monday – two days after his final performance for the Angels. Southlake, Texas police said that no foul play is suspected. An autopsy has been performed, but those results may not be known for months.

The article, which was written by Stan Greene for the Santa Monica (California) Observer, referenced several other deaths while speculating about the possible circumstances surrounding Skaggs's. Tommy Hanson, a former Angels pitcher who died of a cocaine overdose two years after last playing for the team in 2013, was mentioned along with singer Tom Petty, who died of a prescription drug overdose.

The original article has been amended to exclude the portions that speculated about the cause of Skaggs's death.

The Observer responded to the Daily Mail's request for comment by sharing a letter from the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, which was writing on behalf of the Angels.
The paper has since deleted much of the speculation within the article, but some potential clues about the original copy were found in the comment section and on social media. One Twitter user posted an excerpt purportedly from the original version of the article (above)

The paper has since deleted much of the speculation within the article, but some potential clues about the original copy were found in the comment section and on social media. One Twitter user posted an excerpt purportedly from the original version of the article (above)
The article, which was written by Stan Greene for the Santa Monica ( California ) Observer, referenced several other deaths while speculating about the possible circumstances surrounding Skaggs's. One person named was Tommy Hanson (pictured), a former Angels pitcher who died of a cocaine overdose two years after last playing for the team in 2013

The article, which was written by Stan Greene for the Santa Monica ( California ) Observer, referenced several other deaths while speculating about the possible circumstances surrounding Skaggs's. One person named was Tommy Hanson (pictured), a former Angels pitcher who died of a cocaine overdose two years after last playing for the team in 2013

According to that letter, the Observer falsely suggested that police found drugs Skaggs's hotel room.

'Our representatives have repeatedly advised you that your article was not only blatantly incorrect, but deeply harmful to the Skaggs family and the Angels community,' read the letter. 'You first falsely claimed that the police reported finding drugs in his room.


'After the Southlake police confirmed it made no such finding, rather than apologize and take the article down, your reporter made matters worse by then speculating—with zero facts to support your speculation—that Tyler died due to an opioid overdose from multiple prescriptions like Tom Petty.'

In the current version of the article, under the Angels' statement, the Observer made its own response: 'We replied that the story makes it clear the author is speculating, and expressed our condolences to the Skaggs family.'

Some potential clues about the original copy have been found in the comment section and on social media.
Following the unexplained death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Angels has publicly refuted a speculative story in the 27-year-old's hometown paper that suggested he may have died from a drug overdose. The Santa Monica Observer replied that 'the story makes it clear the author is speculating...'

Following the unexplained death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Angels has publicly refuted a speculative story in the 27-year-old's hometown paper that suggested he may have died from a drug overdose. The Santa Monica Observer replied that 'the story makes it clear the author is speculating...'

One Twitter user posted an excerpt purportedly from the original version of the article.

'Given that Skaggs was in good mental health and seeing multiple doctors for injuries, it seems he made the same fatal mistake [recording artist] Tom Petty did last year,' read the excerpt. 'He obtained several opioid pain prescriptions from several doctors and didn't tell his doctors that he was seeing several doctors for the same painful problem. i.e. Petty simply overdosed on his own medication.'

Skaggs was not officially injured, but has battled elbow problems and other issues over his seven-year career.

The existing article references former Hanson, who died in 2015 from complications related to cocaine and alcohol consumption. Hanson had been out of Major League Baseball for over a year before his death.

'Tommy Hanson was two years removed from pitching for the Angels when he passed away from drug use,' wrote on commenter. 'Just stop it.'

Another commenter claimed the original article contained a reference to cocaine use.

'I am bothered that the original article referencing cocaine has been changed without any mention of the edit,' wrote the commenter. 'The prescription drug replacement seems like a CYA [cover your ass] move by the paper.'

Another commenter took issue with the original article's reference to 'multiple doctors' who Skaggs was supposedly seeing and from whom he was allegedly getting prescription drugs.

'Plenty wrong with this article,' wrote the commenter. 'Sources needed for Skaggs seeing multiple doctors and getting several prescriptions...and that those prescriptions were actually for opioids. Your intent may have been speculative but it doesn't read that way.'

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