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Fentanyl And Cocaine Found In The System Of Jimmy Hayes

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Former Bruins winger and Dorchester native Jimmy Hayes, who was found dead in his Milton home Aug. 23, died with fentanyl and cocaine in his system, his wife and father revealed Sunday.

It’s the news some feared when the wildly popular, pillar of the community died suddenly after celebrating his son’s second birthday with his wife, Kristen, and infant son on a perfect Sunday seven weeks ago.

Hayes’s sudden death made no sense in the moment. The 6-foot-5-inch, 31-year-old ex-athlete presented as a healthy, happy young man, blossoming into a full life of parenting, podcasting and doing good deeds for others.


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TreKronor's avatar

died suddenly after celebrating his son’s second birthday with his wife, Kristen, and infant son on a perfect Sunday seven weeks ago.

Its a shame to leave your family like this. There are better ways to celebrate, that’s all I’ll say. Terrible.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/17/21 at 03:36 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Another casualty of the opioid epidemic. Like so many other victims, it started with a surgery where he was heavily prescribed opioids and became addicted. So sad, and it’s sickening to see pharma trying to maintain their grip on the pain industry when there are much better alternatives or supplements for them.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 10/17/21 at 04:57 PM ET

Chet's avatar

He likely just got some coke that was laced. Doubtful he was mixing himself. All too common these days.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 10/17/21 at 07:34 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Very Sad. Prayers and good energy to his family.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 10/17/21 at 09:31 PM ET


My dad died from an opioid related death last year. No kid should ever have to find their dad dead in their apartment. It’s been traumatic and confusing. It’s easy to blame the overdoser, but there is often much more at play in all of these situations, and mental health plays a large factor. I’m not making excuses for Hayes leaving his family behind, just like I don’t for my dad leaving his grand children or adult children, but these are never black and white situations easy to digest. My heart goes out to his family and those struggling with addiction and addiction by proxy.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 10/17/21 at 11:02 PM ET


I’m sorry, jdunc

No blame to Hayes or anyone
- there is already far more than enough tragedy and pain to go around,

Many of us have had some form of dangerous addiction in our families
- and, whether it’s something that kills fast or slow, it’s a tragedy and
often a symptom of a deeper or preceding pain.

It seems like fentanyl is in all kinds of illegal drugs now and as we all know,
even a tiny tiny amount can kill a person. Could have been a laced drug unbeknownst to Hayes, could have
been based on a prior addition to opioids. It just seems like trying to transition away from pro hockey can be a hard hard process for a lot of guys, given how intense the glory and the pain of the sport.

As with the prior thread about mental health, there is zero shame in asking for help.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/18/21 at 01:53 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Agree with Chet, not to diminish him using coke, but this doesn’t sound like, at least, someone using or having an opioid addiction, this was some #$%&‘tard lacing drugs. 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 10/18/21 at 08:26 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

An epidemic is an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. That means individuals have no choice regarding infection.

I feel very sorry for anyone who has lost a loved one to drugs, including alcohol, but, the hard, cold, truth is no one would willingly have a shot of cancer, or take a leukemia pill. No one says, I think I’ll snort a line of polio tonight. I need a fix of smallpox.

I’m not blaming, something is obviously wrong, I’m sure mental illness comes into play here also, but, when you choose to take these illicit and illegal drugs, knowing the risk involved, you have to take responsibility for your actions. Unfortunately, it never ends well. Especially for the loved ones left behind trying to make sense of the senseless death.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/18/21 at 03:54 PM ET

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