A report in the Santa Monica Observer, stating the Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs may have overdosed on opioids, has been blown up by the team and Texas police.
Santa Monica Observer reported that Skaggs, 27, who unexpectedly died on Monday in a hotel in Texas, may have gone the same way as rocker Tom Petty, receiving opioid prescriptions from several doctors who were not ignorant of each other's treatments. The observer article has since been scrubbed by this information and stated that the article "makes it clear that the author is speculating".
Police in Texas said there is no information at this stage that indicates overdose or suicide in death. Skaggs was found dead in his room at the Hilton Southlake hotel before his team was scheduled to play Texas Rangers. The Monday fight was postponed.
Earlier today, the English spokeswoman Marie Garvey said the Santa Monica Observer story "is categorically incorrect. The cause of death is still under investigation. This kind of ruthless report from Tyler's home paper is disappointing and damaging."
An autopsy was conducted on Tuesday, but toxicology and other tests will take up to 90 days to be released and the cause of death determined.
The Angels play Rangers tonight and Thursday before returning to Los Angeles.