Toxicology Reports Confirm MLB Star Pitcher José Fernández Was Legally Drunk, Had Traces Of Cocaine In His System At Time Of Fatal Boat Accident

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This just makes a tragic situation even more sad.

José Fernández, the star MLB pitcher for the Miami Marlins who was killed late last month in a boating accident in south Florida, has now been found to be legally drunk and with cocaine in his system at the time of the accident, according to toxicology reports released today.

Video: Marlins Held Tribute For José At First Game After Crash

According to the Miami Herald, the star pitcher had a blood-alcohol content of .147, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08, while also testing positive for traces of cocaine in his system.

Police still do not know if Fernandez was the one piloting the boat, of course; his two friends, who died along with him, both had alcohol in their systems, too — although neither was legally drunk.

One of those two friends apparently also had cocaine in his system, though, too.

Obviously, there’s a sad and unfortunate addendum to Fern├â┬índez’s death here, but it doesn’t take away from the positive life he lived in baseball and the incredible impact he had upon Cuban-Americans and those in Miami.


[Image via José Fernandez/Instagram.]

Oct 29, 2016 3:28pm PDT

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