Roy Halladay Died from Blunt Force Trauma, had Drugs in System

Report: Autopsy Shows Roy Halladay Had Morphine In System At Time Of Death

An autopsy on former major-leaguer Roy Halladay showed that he had amphetamines, morphine and a sleep aid in his system when he died in a plane crash off the west coast of Florida, The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday.

The official cause of Halladay's death was blunt force trauma, with drowning a contributing factor. However, the coroner's report also noted that Halladay had morphine and zolpidem - the generic form of Ambien - in his system at the time of his passing.

The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office report also found traces of the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) and a blood-alcohol-content level of.01.

"One source familiar with the autopsy tells us the results are consistent with someone who uses Rx medication".

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than 50 ng/ml of zolpidem "appears capable of impairing driving to a degree that increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident". Halladay's blood tested positive for 72 ng/ml.

However, there's no indication that Halladay was using the illicit drug.

Halladay pitched for Syracuse for parts of four seasons, in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Halladay, an eight-time All-Star during his 16-year career with the Blue Jays and Phillies, was an avid flier and often shared posts about flying his ICON A5 aircraft. Similar findings were released in a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board, which is still investigating the matter.



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