Los Angeles Angeles’ starting pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, who has died at age 27, was married to wife Carli Skaggs, who frequently wrote about her love for the baseball player on social media. He often returned the favor.
In what is now a really sad post, Tyler wrote an ode to his wife on Instagram for her birthday 22 weeks ago. “Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife and love of my life! Cheers to many more years of happiness. ??❤️,” he wrote.
The Los Angeles Angels announced the pitcher’s untimely death, but the team did not release a cause of death. He died in Texas where the team was preparing for a series against the Rangers. The game was canceled after Skaggs’ death.
It’s now been revealed, though, that Skaggs died of “ethanol, fentanyl and Oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric content.” The family released a statement that said they have hired an attorney and are heartbroken at the cause of death.
The couple had been married since 2018, and one profile story on them indicated they wanted to start a family. Tyler’s last post on Instagram came only 20 hours before the news broke of his death. “Howdy y’all ? #TexasRoadtrip,” he wrote.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Tyler Indicated the Year of His Marriage Was ‘the Best Yet’ & Called Carli His ‘Best Friend’
The Los Angeles Angels, in a statement confirming Tyler’s death, mentioned his wife Carli.
“Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.” Here is that statement:
All indications had pointed to a great future for the couple and for Tyler. Posting about the couple’s wedding, Tyler wrote on Instagram, “2018 was the best year yet ????⚾️. Thank you to everyone who helped make it special.” Carli privatized her Instagram page shortly after her husband’s death was announced. Her profile picture is of the couple’s wedding.
Skaggs proposed to his wife in Bora Bora, on November 9, 2017, and they married in December 2018, social media posts show. In another post about Carli, Tyler wrote, “Happy Birthday to my Best Friend my Future Wife and my Forever Travel Partner. I love you babe. Thank you for always believing in me and pushing me to be great.” The Orange County Register reported that the couple married on New Year’s Eve.
Carli once created a basket of Tyler Skaggs’ “favorite things” for an MLB auction. The basket included a Lakers shirt, iTunes gift card, the movie Sandlot, lottery tickets, and a baseball laundry basket.
Tragically, good luck was not to continue.
The Southlake Police Department wrote in a press release that, at 2:18 p.m., the PD “responded to a call of an unconscious male in a room in the Hilton hotel at 1400 Plaza Place. Officers arrived and found the male unresponsive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.” The police say “no foul play is suspected” and the “investigation is ongoing.” They named Skaggs as the man found. Dispatch audio obtained by the Blast showed the call came in for a “medical emergency” and then a “possible death investigation.”
According to Daily Beast, Skaggs “last pitched on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics.”
The Texas Rangers also released a statement. It read, “The Texas Rangers organization wants to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss. The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time.”
2. The Couple’s Wedding Destination Was Almost Destroyed by Wildfires
A story on the couple’s wedding destination almost being destroyed by “raging wildfires” in late 2018 ran in Wealth Management. According to the article, Skaggs’ wife’s maiden name was Carli Miles.
“The caterer, the venerable Calamigos Ranch, a popular Malibu wedding destination, was in danger of being destroyed by the raging wildfires in late 2018,” the site wrote.
“We were very lucky,” Carli told the site. “Five days before the wedding, we learned the guest ranch would not be available due to the fire. The fires were followed by the threat of rain, which meant mudslides were a possibility.” However, the couple made it through the situation because the wedding room wasn’t damaged, and the wedding went ahead.
There is a YouTube video of the couple’s wedding:
You can see another photo of the couple here.
3. Carli Described Being a ‘So-Called Baseball Wife’ as Stressful
Carli opened up to the Wealth Management site about what it was like being a baseball wife.
“Being a so-called baseball wife has a stress all its own,” Carli said to the site. “Since Tyler’s regularly on the move, we lack that traditional stability.” But the site reported that the couple had “recently purchased a home in Santa Monica, Calif., Skaggs’s hometown,” and Carli and Tyler were planning to start a family soon.
The couple seemed to have a lot of fun together, though. Carli posted one Instagram photo showing them in coordinated Saturday Night Live costumes.
Tyler Skaggs also leaves behind a mother, father, and stepfather. You can read about his family here. His mother has worked as a coach.
4. On Twitter & Instagram, Carli, Who Is Involved in Luxury Travel, Posted Loving Messages to Her Husband
In 2014, Carli wrote on Twitter, “Happy Birthday young boiii ❤️?? @TylerSkaggs37 love you!” She also posted photos showing her with Tyler on Instagram. Some of the couple’s photos showed them on trips together.
“Quick visit to the Blue Temple and White Temple on our way to Chiang Mai ??” she wrote with one. She posted about the couple’s bridal shower too, writing, “Yesterday was a special day with family and friends. I can’t express how grateful I am for the beautiful bridal shower my aunts, cousin and family friend planned and hosted. You ladies are the best and I couldn’t have been happier ❤️.”
Carli’s Instagram page urges people to “Follow @miles2travel.” That page advertises “Nina & Carli. [TRAVEL TEAM] ?? Mother/daughter Luxury Travel Advisors.” The page promises “Personalized, custom vacations.”
The travel company’s website reads, “Nina & Carli Miles draw upon their own travel experiences to provide first-hand recommendations and deliver expertly crafted itineraries to their clients. Specializing in far-reaching corners of the world, they remove the guess work from the planning process and provide exclusive travel perks and VIP treatment through their industry relationships. Working with Nina & Carli results in a stress-free vacation of a lifetime – every time.”
5. Carli Called Tyler the Love of Her Life
The death of Tyler Skaggs is obviously shocking due to his young age. However, the team has not yet released a cause of death. Here’s his last Instagram post:
Only a few months ago, Carlie was preparing to marry Tyler and wrote on Instagram in a now heartbreaking photo: “Two days till I marry the love of my life ❤️”
Tyler returned the favor 19 weeks ago, posting a photo of him with Carli and writing, “Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life ??.”