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Dwayne Haskins 'drank heavily' before being killed, medical examiner says

Former Ohio State football star Dwayne Haskins "drank heavily" before being hit and killed by a dump truck, medical examiners said in a toxicology report.

Miami Herald reports that two samples collected for the report revealed a .20 and .24 blood-alcohol level in the 24-year-old quarterback.

The legal blood alcohol content level in Florida is .08.

Dwayne Haskins cause of death

Haskins died of blunt force trauma, and the death was ruled accidental, according to the autopsy report released by the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office.

In South Florida training with Pittsburgh Steelers teammates at the time, Haskins was walking along Interstate 595, hoping to flag down a ride.

Medical examiners said that Haskins was accompanied by an unnamed female. 

“They drank heavily and at some point, they got into a fight, separating,” the report said.

The report said that ketamine was detected in Haskins' urine at the time of death, but there were no drugs in his blood. Norketamine was also found in his system.

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is often used as a treatment for depression, but is also used as a recreational drug, as it can cause hallucinations and dissociative episodes.

Mostly, the drug is used to treat severe mental illness, such as clinical depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and social anxiety.

Steelers officials told AP that they didn't believe Haskins was dealing with any mental illness and had made no threats of suicide. But team officials did acknowledge that he drank heavily on occasion and sometimes used marijuana.

Dwayne Haskins' widow responds

Kalabrya Haskins, the quarterback's widow, asked the public for privacy and patience.

An Ohio State football legend

Haskins started just one season at Ohio State, but it was one to remember.

In 2018, he set a single-season OSU and Big Ten record with 50 passing touchdowns, emerging as a Heisman Trophy finalist and leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 mark and a Rose Bowl victory over No. 9 Washington.

Haskins parlayed that success into a No. 15 overall NFL Draft pick by the then-Washington Redskins. He spent two seasons with that organization before landing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was training with teammates at the time of his death.

(h/t Miami Herald)

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