NEW YORK (PIX11)—New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died from a fatal mix of alcohol and oxycodone, a Minnesota medical examiner announced Friday.
According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Boogaard's cause of death appears to be accidental.
Boogaard, 28, was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment last Friday, five months after he sustained a season-ending concussion with the New York Rangers.
The 6-foot-7, 265-pound enforcer became a fan favorite in his years with the Minnesota Wild. He played in 255 games with the Wild from 2005-10.
Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller that can be addictive and has been blamed in some overdose deaths.