The baseball world is still reeling from the sudden, shocking death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Just two days after taking the mound, he was found dead last Monday in his hotel room at the age of 27.

Since the terrible news first broke, we've witnessed rampant speculation about what could have possibly caused this tragic passing. And one newspaper in Santa Monica, Calif. -- Skaggs' hometown -- speculated in an opinion piece that the pitcher could have fallen victim to a possibly accidental opioid overdose.

Amid strong rebuttals from the Angels and by relevant law enforcement, as well as an alleged volley of death threats sent the paper's way, the Santa Monica Observer scrubbed the piece of all references to the opioid speculation.

Skaggs' autopsy has been performed, but no cause of death has been publicized and results of the procedure aren't expected to be available until early October.