Tommy Hanson Autopsy: “Former MLB Pitcher” Died From a Combination of Cocaine and Alcohol

Updated: December 13, 2015
Tommy Hanson Autopsy: Former MLB Pitcher Died From a Combination of Cocaine and Alcohol

Tommy Hanson‘s autopsy revealed he died from delayed complications of alcohol and cocaine toxicity, according to the Associated Press. The cause of death was ruled an accident by the Coweta County coroner.

Coroner Richard Hawk said Friday the combined effects of cocaine and alcohol ultimately caused the death of 29-year-old Hanson, who died Nov. 9.

Tommy Hanson wasn’t breathing as rescue crews tried to help him at a friend’s home in Newnan, south of Atlanta.

It’s not immediately clear when Hanson might have ingested the cocaine and alcohol.

A sheriff’s office report says two people were at the home when authorities arrived. Neither was charged with any crimes.

Hanson was the first player from REV to reach the major leagues, and the school retired his No. 26.

Prior to his days at REV, Hanson played Little League at Newmark Little League in San Bernardino.

Hanson was the consensus No. 4 prospect in baseball when he debuted in 2009 with the Braves, posting an 11-4 record in 21 starts with a 2.89 ERA, a breakout season that landed him third in the National League Rookie of the Year race.

Hanson pitched for the Braves from 2009 to 2012 and the Angels in 2013.

He was traded to the Angels in 2013, when tragedy struck at the start of the season when his younger stepbrother died. Hanson took some time away from the team, but was clearly not his old self upon his return, winning just four games with a career-worst 5.42 ERA.

“I was having mental issues with the death of my younger brother,” Hanson said at the time. “I was just trying to get through it. I didn’t know how to handle it.

“That was the first time anything like that had ever happened to me. I didn’t know how to cope with it.”

Shoulder problems that began as early as 2010 plagued Hanson heading into 2011, costing him the final two months of the season and pushed the right-hander into changing his delivery the following year. He signed minor league contracts with the White Sox in 2014 and Giants in 2015.

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