MIAMI—A toxicology report from the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department indicates that Miami Marlin’s pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he died during a fatal boat accident.
Friends of the pitcher, Emilio Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero, were also killed in the crash. Both had blood alcohol levels below the legal limit, but cocaine was found in Rivero’s blood.
It is unknown who was driving during the boat at the time of the accident. According to investigators, the boat was speeding when it hit into a jetty off Miami Beach last month.
Fernandez was 24, at the time of his death. He was drafted by the Marlin’s in 2011 and was named National League Rookie of the Year in 2013. Marlins’ players wore jerseys with Fernandez’s name and number to honor their teammate and friend.
“My brother. You were family to me…my heart is hurting wishing you would just burst through the clubhouse doors,” said Dee Gordon, second baseman of the Miami Marlins.
Gordon changed his Twitter photo to the number 16.