Roy Halladay had mix of drugs in system during fatal plane crash
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 reveals.
The 40-year-old 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. Earlier reports claimed that Halladay had flown erratically shortly before the fatal crash.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
He also reportedly fractured a leg.
Halladay was a two-time winner of the Cy Young Award given to the best pitchers in the league during his 16-year MLB career. He’s one of two players in MLB history to pitch a no-hitter in a playoff game.