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Jimmy Hayes died with fentanyl and cocaine in his system according to his widow Kristen and father Kevin Sr

Jimmy Hayes died with fentanyl and cocaine in his system, according to his widow Kristen and father Kevin Sr. who spoke with The Boston Globe on Sunday.

The medical examiner also confirmed that Hayes’ cause of death was acute intoxication due to the combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine. His manner of death was determined to be accidental.

On Friday, when Hayes’ death certificate was issued to the town hall in Milton, Massachusetts, the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office confirmed that no foul play was involved in Hayes’ death.

That same day, Kristen and the Hayes family learned of the cause of death prior to attending the New Jersey Devils’ season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Prudential Center, where both teams paid tribute to Hayes. (The Devils wore No. 10 with Hayes’ Broadway nickname on the back and the Blackhawks wore Hayes’ No. 39 sweater during warmups. The late star was recognized in a tribute video.)

Hayes, a 31-year-old native of Dorchester, was pronounced dead by first responders at his Milton home on Aug. 23. The evening prior to his death, Hayes and his wife of three years Kristen celebrated their son Beau’s second birthday with their son Mac, who was born on May 5.

Hayes’ autopsy was completed on Aug. 25, but at the time, the medical examiner’s office said the “cause and manner of death remain pending and an update is not expected for several weeks when toxicology testing comes back.”

“I was completely shocked,” Kristen told the Globe after getting the toxicology report from the Massachusetts state medical examiner on Friday.

“I was so certain that it had nothing to do with drugs. I really thought it was a heart attack or anything that wasn’t that [drugs],” she said. “It didn’t make any sense, so it was hard. I was hoping to get a different phone call when they called. I was hoping to get some clarity and I was shocked to hear that it was that … He never showed any signs of a struggle at home.”


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