DEA launches investigation related to death of former Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Skaggs, ESPN reports

Tyler Skaggs died July 1
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Posted at 5:26 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 21:03:05-04

The Drug Enforcement Administration has begun an investigation into how former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Skaggs obtained drugs found in his system at the time of his death, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Skaggs, who was a member of the Los Angeles Angels at the time of his death, died July 1 due to a combination of fentanyl, ethanol and oxycodone found in his system.

ESPN's T.J. Quinn reported the DEA often becomes involved in cases involving fentanyl in an attempt to learn about how the drug was obtained. Per Quinn: "One federal law enforcement agent, speaking on condition of anonymity, said fentanyl has been showing up 'everywhere, even in marijuana.'"

The Diamondbacks acquired Skaggs in a trade with the Angels in 2010. Skaggs pitched for the D-backs in 2012 and '13 before the D-backs traded him back to the Angels in December 2013.

Skaggs was 27 years old.