A final report on the accident will be released in a few weeks and should include a formal determination of the cause and a more detailed analysis, the N.T.S.B. said.
Eight-time star Halladay had presented the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies and won two Cy Young awards before announcing his retirement in 2013. In 2010, he had a perfect match, the 20th of the history of the major leagues. .
After his death, he was elected by baseball writers to the Hall of Fame, an honor which was last awarded posthumously to Roberto Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who died in 1972, also in an accident. plane, when he was 38 years old.
Clemente died on a humanitarian mission, trying to deliver aid from Puerto Rico to the earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua.
Some details about Mr. Halladay’s drug use have been previously known. A 2019 article in Sports Illustrated, reported with the cooperation of Halladay’s father and sister, discussed the pitcher’s apparent struggle with depression and addiction to pain relievers.
The N.T.S.B. report Wednesday said that Halladay’s medical records showed that he had a history of substance use that required hospital treatment twice between 2013 and early 2015. He said he had been diagnosed with ailments chronic back pain, insomnia and depression, which have been treated with various prescription drugs.
In a speech she gave in 2019, when Mr. Halladay was honored at the Baseball of Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, his widow, Brandy Halladay, said that he would have been the first to recognize human frailty .