Reports: Roy Halladay Had Morphine, Amphetamines in System When He Died
Pitcher Roy Halladay had a slew of drugs in his system when he crashed his experimental private aircraft into the Gulf of Mexico several months ago, according to a newly released autopsy report.
Halladay, 40, had amphetamines, morphine, and traces of a drug that’s used to treat insomnia in his system when he crashed near Florida, CBS reported.
The pitcher was by himself in his two-seater plane when it crashed into the ocean 10 miles from St. Petersburg on Nov. 7.
There were reports right before the crash that he was flying the plane erratically before he crashed.
The Pinellas County medical examiner released Halladay’s autopsy report on Friday. He died of blunt-force trauma, and his body was found in 6 feet of water.
“His [Halladay’s] blood-alcohol content level was 0.01, according to the toxicology results in the report released by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office. His body also had evidence of amphetamine, morphine, and a drug typically used to treat insomnia,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.
TMZ reported that a source close to the autopsy said,“The results are consistent with someone who uses Rx [prescription] medication.”
“The autopsy report notes that morphine can be found in the system as a result of heroin use—however sources tell us there is no indication Halladay had been using heroin or any other ‘clandestine drug,’” TMZ reported.
The FDA said that more than 50 ng/nl of the drug used to treat insomnia, zolpidem (Ambien), can impair “driving to a degree that increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident.” TMZ reported that he had 72 ng/nl in his system.
Halladay is survived by his wife and two sons.
The likely hall-of-famer was a two-time winner of the Cy Young Award during his 16-year MLB career.