Fein’s Death Ruled a Drug Overdose
Ex-Raven Tony Fein who was an Iraqi war veteran as well, died last October. First reports said the Port Orchard citizen’s death was classified as accidental and now the Kitsap County coroner’s office has confirmed the original analysis, calling Fein’s death an accidental overdose. Fein was found lying face down and unconscious, vomiting and barely breathing when paramedics arrived at the player’s friends’ house outside Port Orchard on the Kitsap Peninsula just before 9 a.m on Oct 6th. The incident was labeled accidental immediately. A mixture of morphine and Alprazolam (an anxiety drug) were found in Fein’s system by the coroner. Only 27, the player, had served 3 years in Iraq as a member of the US Army and been an undrafted rookie free agent when he joined the NFL.
Fein’s death happened the day before he was to appear in a Baltimore court on charges that he’d assaulted a police officer who’d been sent to investigate a claim that a gun (later determined to be a cell phone) had been passed around at a meal at the Inner Harbor. The incident raised questions over racial profiling in the incident and much stress for the former Raven player. Fein had been told that the charges would likely be dropped.
According to reports his death came as a result of acute opiate intoxication from the combined mixture of Alprazolam and morphine in his system. For many the player’s death is a great tragedy a young man gone before his time and before his potential had been fully realized.Tags: death, Drug overdose, football, sports, tony fein