Autopsy: Roy Halladay had amphetamine, morphine in system

Philadelphia hurler Roy Halladay had drugs in his system
Autopsy results released Friday showed evidence Roy Halladay had traces of morphine, amphetamine, and zolpidem in his system in November when he fatally crashed his single-engine plane into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey, Fla.

The autopsy revealed Halladay's cause of death as blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor. His blood alcohol content according to the autopsy, was 0.01. FAA regulations forbids the consumption of alcohol within eight hours of piloting a civil aircraft.

The National Transportation Safety Board hasn't identified a cause to the crash. Witnesses told investigators that Halladay's ICON A5 climbed to between 300 and 500 feet before it went into a 45-degree dive and slammed into the water. Halladay's body was found in the wreckage.

Halladay pitched 16 years in the majors from 1998 to 2013. He won two Cy Young Awards and finished his career with a 203–105 record and 3.38 ERA in 416 career games. He pitched 67 complete games and 20 shutouts. The righthander spent four seasons in Philadelphia finished his career with a 3.25 ERA over 103 starts for the Phillies.

Halladay always had an interest in planes and becoming a pilot. He earned his license in 2016, inspired mostly by his father who was a corporate pilot.

Halladay, 40, is eligible for enshrinement in baseball's Hall of Fame in 2019. He is survived by his wife Brandy, and two sons, Braden and Ryan.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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