Tyler Wayne Skaggs (July 13, 1991 – July 1, 2019) was an American professional baseball player who was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels selected Skaggs in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. After the Angels traded him to the Diamondbacks during the 2010 season, Skaggs made his MLB debut in 2012. The Diamondbacks traded him back to the Angels during the 2013–2014 off-season, and he pitched for the team until his death in 2019. Skaggs posted a career earned run average (ERA) of 4.41 and recorded 476 strikeouts and a win–loss record of 28 wins and 38 losses.
On July 1, 2019, Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas, where the Angels were visiting to play the Texas Rangers. An autopsy concluded that Skaggs had aspirated on his own vomit and died of asphyxia while under the influence of fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol; his death was ruled an accident.
He is also known as Tyler W. Skaggs and Tyler Wayne Skaggs.
Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room on July 1, 2019, in Southlake, Texas, and was pronounced dead at around 2:18 p.m. by authorities upon their arrival at the scene. The Angels were in the area to play a four-game series against the Texas Rangers; he was scheduled to pitch in the series' finale on July 4. The Angels and the Rangers postponed the first game, which had been scheduled for the day of his death. The statement issued by the Southlake Police Department read that neither suicide nor foul play was suspected. The next day, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner began their autopsy, estimating it would determine a cause of death by October 2, 2019.
On August 30, 2019, the Tarrant County (Texas) Medical Examiner announced that the autopsy performed on Skaggs found a mix of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system. The opioids are banned by MLB. Skaggs had a blood alcohol level of 0.122, far above the legal limit for impairment which is 0.08. The examination concluded that Skaggs died of asphyxia after choking on his own vomit, and his death was ruled an accident.
Skaggs' family released a statement, which concluded with "We were shocked to learn that may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels. We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them. To that end, we have hired Texas attorney Rusty Hardin to assist us."