By Sam Bush
Phillies great pitcher Roy Halladay’s body had traces of morphine, an amphetamine and Ambien when it was examined after his fatal plane crash off the coast of Florida in November, according to the autopsy report obtained by USA TODAY.
The report by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office also showed that Halladay’s blood alcohol content was .01. The antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) was also detected.
FAA regulations forbids the consumption of alcohol within eight hours of piloting a civil aircraft. The use of “any drug that affects the person’s faculties in any way contrary to safety” is prohibited.
Halladay’s single-engine, light-sport category aircraft had crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa on Nov. 7. Halladay, 40, was the only occupant of the aircraft and he died of blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor, according to the report.
Halladay pitched in the majors for for 16 seasons and spent the final four before his retirement after the 2013 seasons with the Phillies. He spent his first 12 seasons the Toronto Blue Jays