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Alcohol and cocaine in MLB star's system

AAP logoAAP 29/10/2016

Miami Marlins baseballer Jose Fernandez was drunk and had cocaine in his system when he was killed in a boat crash in late September, autopsy and toxicology reports released on Saturday found.

The toxicology report showed the star pitcher had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 for driving in Florida, and also had cocaine in his blood.

Fernandez, 24, and two other men were killed before dawn on September 25 when their 32-foot boat struck a rock jetty off Miami Beach, according to the US Coast Guard.

It was unclear who was driving the boat.

Fernandez survived harrowing conditions at sea when he fled Cuba as a teenager to start a new life in the United States.

Born and raised in Cuba, he tried three time to defect to the US before arriving at age 15 with his mother.

He was drafted by the Marlins in the first round in 2011, made his Major League Baseball debut in April 2013 and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, becoming a two-time all-star.

Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, were also killed in the boat crash. Both had alcohol in their system below legal limits and Rivero tested positive for cocaine, according to the reports.

All three men sustained head trauma and other injuries, according to the reports.

Their bodies were found underneath the boat.

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