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Report: Halladay autopsy results revealed

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An autopsy performed on two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay revealed evidence of morphine and Ambien in his system following his fatal plane crash on Nov. 7, according to a USA Today report released on Friday.

Halladay was killed when his single-engine aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Fla., and the autopsy -- conducted by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office in Pinellas County, Fla. -- cited blunt-force trauma and subsequent drowning to be the likely causes of his death.

An autopsy performed on two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay revealed evidence of morphine and Ambien in his system following his fatal plane crash on Nov. 7, according to a USA Today report released on Friday.

Halladay was killed when his single-engine aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Fla., and the autopsy -- conducted by the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office in Pinellas County, Fla. -- cited blunt-force trauma and subsequent drowning to be the likely causes of his death.

The consumption of any alcoholic substance or drug within eight hours of flying is prohibited by Federal Aviation Administration regulations. USA Today reported that the investigation into Halladay's death is ongoing, per the National Transportation Safety Board. A preliminary report states that Halladay's aircraft made several steep climbs and dipped close to the water before making a 360-degree turn and crashing.

Halladay, who was 40, was an iconic pitcher for both the Blue Jays and Phillies over his 16-year Major League career. The eight-time All-Star is one of six pitchers in Major League history to win the Cy Young in both leagues. The right-hander pitched a perfect game on May 29, 2010, and followed it up months later with a no-hitter in Game 1 of the National League Division Series -- only the second postseason no-hitter in history.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.