Autopsy results confirming the cause of death of former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash have been revealed today.
According to the medical reports, Sash, 27 at the time of his death on September 8th, passed away due to an accidental overdose having mixed two pain medications.
The examiner who carried out the autopsy also noted, via Fox Sports, that a history with painful injuries had likely contributed to Sash's death.
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The two drugs the former NFL player had ingested were confirmed as methadone and hydrocodone. Neither of the pain-relieving drugs is illegal but they are known to have potentially addictive side effects.
Perhaps explaining the use of the two narcotics, it appears that Sash had been dealing with a shoulder dislocation in the lead up to his death. Meanwhile, several reports have noted the former Iowa State standout had struggled with "chronic shoulder pain" for some time.
A member of the Giants roster between 2012-2013, the former Iowa State standout took home a Super Bowl ring as part of the New York franchise's 2012 team.
However, he was banned for four games by the NFL the following season after testing positive for Adderall.
In 23 appearances for the Giants, the defensive back made 25 combined tackles and forced one fumble.
Considering the current concern regarding the effects of pro football on the brain, the Iowa State Medical Examiner's office have confirmed that Sash's brain will be assessed to see if he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy - an issue that has arisen in several former NFL players.
Those results won't be known for between eight and 12 months.
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