Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine in his system and was legally drunk when he was killed in a boating accident last month, according to autopsy and toxicology reports obtained by ESPN on Saturday.
A toxicology report from the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department showed that cocaine and multiple other substances were detected in Fernandez’s blood. Fernandez, 24, had a blood alcohol content of .147, nearly twice the legal limit, when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty Sept. 25.
Two of Fernandez’s friends, Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, were also killed in the crash. Their toxicology reports show that neither was past the blood alcohol legal limit, though cocaine was found in Rivero’s blood.
USA Today, citing a high-ranking MLB official, reported Saturday night that Fernandez never tested positive for cocaine under the league’s drug-testing program, nor was he in any type of drug rehab.
“His death was a tragedy,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said before Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday, according to USA Today. “These facts were unfortunate. But it doesn’t alter the fact he was a great, great player, a good young man, and he will be sorely missed in Miami.”
The Marlins and Fernandez’s agent, Scott Boras, declined to comment on the autopsy and toxicology reports.