Halladay had morphine in system during crash

21 January, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Halladay had morphine in system during crash

An autopsy report provided to TMZ Sports on Friday revealed two-time Cy Young Award victor Roy Halladay died of blunt trauma and drowning after his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico in November.

The coroner lists the cause of Halladay's death as blunt trauma and drowning, but also says he had morphine in his system.

Amphetamines are a stimulant typically used to treat ADHD or narcolepsy, and morphine is found in various prescription pain-killers. Morphine is found in various other pain-killing medications, both for short-term pain or chronic injuries. His blood-alcohol content level was 0.01, according to the toxicology results in the report released by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office. Federal regulations state that a pilot can not operate an aircraft within eight hours of consuming alcohol or with a blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent or greater or while using any drug that adversely affects safety.

The crash took place on November 7 in the Gulf of Mexico, with more details emerging in a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board two weeks later. After being selected with the 17th-overall pick in 1995, he lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning of his second career start in 1998, was sent back to single-A Dunedin in 2001 to completely rebuild himself, and then returned to dominate for a decade.

Halladay, 40, pitched 16 years in the big leagues. A week after his shocking death, the Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays at Spectrum Field, the Phillies' spring training home.

Halladay is expected to be on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot.



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