MLB all-star Roy Halladay had morphine, other drugs in system when plane crashed

Morphine, Ambien, and trace amounts of alcohol were found in the major leaguer's blood after his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico last November.

An autopsy on the major leaguer who died in a plane crash last November has revealed Roy Halladay died with a mix of drugs including morphine and sleeping pills in his system.

Halladay died on Nov. 7, 2017, while piloting his ICON A5 plane, which crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

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The autopsy, released by the medical examiner in Pasco and Pinellas Counties, Florida on Friday, determined the all-star pitcher died accidentally from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor.

He was 40 years old.

Halladay was born in Denver in 1977 and graduated from Arvada West High School. The baseball field there is named after him.

He went on to have a historic career as an MLB pitcher, winning the prestigious Cy Young Award for both the American and National Leagues.

The autopsy details injuries Halladay suffered when his amphibious aircraft crash-landed in the gulf, including blunt head trauma, chest trauma, multiple rib fractures, lung injuries, and a fractured leg.

Toxicology results indicated Halladay had morphine in his system at the time of the crash, as well as the prescription sleep-aid known as Ambien, a trace amount of alcohol, and amphetamine.

Amphetamines can be prescribed for ADHD, under names such as Adderall or Dexedrine.

An antidepressant was found in his urine, the toxicology report indicated.

Nicotine and alcohol were also discovered in Halladay's blood, the autopsy found. His blood-alcohol level was 0.01, the report said.

During his 16-year career, Halladay finished with a 203-105 record with a 3.38 ERA. He placed in the top five of Cy Young voting seven times and led MLB for five consecutive seasons in complete games.

Halladay is expected to be on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot.