Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Was Drunk, Had Cocaine in His System When He Died in Boat Accident

José Fernández had alcohol and cocaine in his blood when he died in a boating accident near Miami Beach on September 25, according to a toxicology report released on Saturday, October 29.

The Miami Herald reported that the Miami Marlins pitcher, who was 24 at the time of his death, had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, nearly double the legal limit of .08.

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Two of his friends — Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25 — who also died in the accident reportedly had small amounts of alcohol in their systems, while Rivero also had cocaine in his blood.

Jose Fernandez toxicology report reveals alcohol, cocaine
José Fernández Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The release of the toxicology reports came one day after the Miami Herald sued the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office, which previously stated it would not release the documents.

It is unclear who was driving the boat, which was owned by Fernández.

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As Us Weekly previously reported, the Cuba-born MLB star was killed in the early hours of September 25 after his 32-foot vessel overturned on a jetty. Fernández and his girlfriend, Maria Arias, were expecting their first child, a baby girl, together.

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“He wanted to know, ‘Am I going to be a good father?'” Fernández’s agent, Scott Boras, recounted during the athlete’s funeral on September 29. “And I told him, ‘You’re going to be a great father because you’re going to treat your child in the same way that your mother treated you, and you’ll know exactly what to do.’ The next day, he ordered a baseball glove, all those colors he loved, and he put ‘Penelope’ for his unborn daughter [on it].”

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