Carli Skaggs, widow of baseball player Tyler Skaggs, and his parents, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Angels MLB team and several of its employees.
The Blast reported on the lawsuit on June 29, 2021. Skaggs died in 2019 while traveling in Texas with the team. The lawsuit claims that Eric Kay, Director of Communications for the Angels, “provided oxycodone pills to Tyler and that Kay would distribute these pills to (Tyler Skaggs) and others in their place of employment and while they were working.”
In the investigation of Skaggs’s death, the DEA testified that evidence showed that the oxycodone pill Tyler took was also laced with fentanyl.
The lawsuit goes on to claim that the Angels created a “toxic culture” and were aware of the players’ rigorous schedule and how it could leave players “at risk of turning to medication to assist with pain management.”
Carli filed in Texas, and Skaggs’ parents, Darrell Skaggs and Debbie Hetman, filed suit in California.
The family is suing for unspecified damages.