Baseball legend Roy Halladay had amphetamines, morphine and traces of a drug used to treat insomnia in his system when he was killed after crashing his private plane into the Gulf of Mexico last year, an autopsy report revealed Friday.
The 40-year-old former Phillies pitcher was alone in his two-seat sports plane when it plunged into the ocean 10 miles off the coast of St. Petersburg, Fla. on Nov. 7.
Halladay, a sure-bet Hall-of-Famer who retired from baseball after the 2013 season, was alternately flying high and then buzzing the water before the “high-energy impact” crushed the plane and ended his life, said National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Noreen Price at the time.
Halladay was piloting his own private plane when it plunged into the Mexican Gulf last year.
On Friday, the Pinellas County Medical examiner released Halladay’s autopsy report.
The report, obtained by the Daily News, states that morphine was found in Halladay’s system and while that could indicate heroin use, there’s no definite indication that he had used the drug.
Athletes gone too soon
Traces of amphetamines and large quantities — 72 ng/mL — of Zolpidem, a drug used to treat insomnia, were also found in the former MLB player’s system.
Any amount over 50 ng/ml of the Zolpidem “appears capable of impairing driving to a degree that increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident,” according to the FDA’s website.
Brandy Halladay, wife of late MLB pitcher Roy Halladay, wipes her eyes while talking about her husband during a Celebration of Life for Roy Halladay at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.
Halladay, whose official cause of death was blunt trauma and drowning, according to the report, suffered a subdural hemorrhage, multiple rib fractures, and lung, liver and spleen injuries in the crash.
He also reportedly fractured a leg.
Halladay was a two-time winner of the Cy Young Award during his 16-year MLB career. He’s one of two players in MLB history to pitch a no-hitter in a playoff game.