Miami Marlins Pitcher José Fernández Had Alcohol and Cocaine in His System When He Died

Oct 29, 2016

José Fernández had alcohol and cocaine in his system when he died in a boat crash in September, according to a toxicology report released by Miami officials Saturday.

The blood alcohol content of the star Miami Marlins pitcher was nearly double the legal limit, and cocaine was detected in his system, the report said.

Fernández's blood alcohol content was 0.147, far above the legal limit of .08, the Miami Herald reported. His companions, also killed in the crash, had alcohol in their systems, though neither was legally drunk. One of them also had cocaine in his blood, according to the reports.

The Herald sued the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office this week, seeking the release of the reports after the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission claimed a criminal investigation barred them from making the documents public. The Herald argued that no criminal charges could be brought because everyone aboard the boat died.

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