Jimmy Hayes died with fentanyl, cocaine in system: ‘Completely shocked’

Jimmy Hayes

Jimmy Hayes, who spent seven NHL seasons with the Devils and four other clubs, died with fentanyl and cocaine in his system, according to his widow and father, who spoke to the Boston Globe on Sunday.

“I was really taken aback,” says the author. Kristen Hayes expressed her reaction to the toxicological report to the Boston Globe. “I was so sure it wasn’t anything to do with drugs.” I honestly believed it was a heart attack or something else unrelated to [drugs]…. It was difficult since it made no sense. When they called, I was expecting for a different call. I was looking for some clarification and was surprised to learn that it was that…. “At home, he never displayed any evidence of a struggle.”

Hayes, whose younger brother Kevin played with the Rangers from 2014 to 2019 and is now with the Philadelphia Flyers, died on Aug. 23 at the age of 31 at his home in Milton, Massachusetts.

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The ex-player, who retired after the 2017-18 season, had an autopsy two days after his death, but the cause of death was unknown until toxicology results came back. The results were delivered to the family on Friday. According to the Globe, the cause of death was “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine.”

Jimmy Hayes

Jimmy’s father, Kevin Hayes Sr., told the Boston Globe that being a “addict myself,” he was less startled by the discovery of drugs in his son’s system. He doesn’t want his son to be labeled an addict “because he wasn’t,” and he thinks that by sharing his experience, additional drug-related fatalities will be avoided.

“I hope that by telling Jimmy’s tale, someone’s life will be saved,” Hayes Sr. told the Globe. “If something can save someone from pain, that’s fantastic. It’s simply so depressing.”

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