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Florida autopsy notes drugs in Roy Halladay crashFlorida autopsy notes drugs in Roy Halladay crash

Baseball great Roy Halladay had morphine, amphetamine, an antidepressant, and prescription sleep aid Ambien (zolpidem) in his system when he died in the Nov. 7 crash of an Icon A5 in Florida, an autopsy showed.

Former Major League Baseball Roy Halladay. Photo courtesy of Icon.

The report by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department didn't determine whether, or to what degree, those substances might have impaired Halladay or affected his judgment at the time of the accident.

Halladay, 40, was alone in his airplane when it crashed off the west coast of Florida. Videos, photos, and the airplane's flight data recorder showed that Halladay was maneuvering aggressively at low altitude in the minutes leading up to the accident.

Halladay was an instrument-rated pilot who had logged about 700 flight hours since retiring from baseball in 2013. He was a two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Dave Hirschman

Dave Hirschman

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
Topics: Pilots, Accident

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