New Details in Jose Fernandez Boat Crash Death: Alcohol, Cocaine Found in Pitcher's System
By Zach Seemayer
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident on Sept. 25, had alcohol and cocaine in his system when the fatal incident occurred, according to a toxicology report obtained by ET.
The 24-year-old baseball player was legally drunk at the time of the accident, with a blood alcohol level of .147, according to the report. Fernandez's cause of death was listed as a "boat crash."
Fernandez suffered blunt-force trauma to the head -- leading to skull and jaw fractures -- as well as to his torso when the boat he was traveling in, along with two of his friends, collided into a jetty near Miami beach in the early hours of the morning.
Fernandez's two friends, Emilio Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero, also had alcohol in their systems, however the levels were below the legal limit, the medical examiner's report stated. Additionally, Rivero had traces of cocaine in his system as well.
While Fernandez was the registered owner of the boat, police and investigators have not yet determined who was piloting the vessel when it struck the jetty. According to reports, police are conducting a homicide investigation.
Following the tragic news of his death, the Marlins cancelled their home game against the Atlanta Braves that had been scheduled for that day. In a statement released soon after, the Marlins said they are "devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."
Fernandez, who was born in Cuba, defected to the U.S. in 2008. In 2013, he was voted the National League rookie of the year, and placed third in Cy Young Award voting. He was one of the most celebrated players in the sport and considered one of baseball's top pitchers.