Those closest to Tyler Skaggs had no idea the late pitcher was using pain pills at the time of his tragic death ... saying the details behind his fatal overdose were unbelievable.
Tyler's wife, Carli, and his mother, Debbie Hetman, spoke publicly about Skaggs' passing for the first time this week ... just days after ex-Angels communications staffer Eric Kay was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for providing the drugs that took the pitcher's life.
"I loved him so much," Carli said while tearing up. "We had a love that was so special."
"That day still haunts me," Debbie added.
27-year-old Skaggs died after choking on his own vomit in 2019 ... and his autopsy showed a combination of oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol in his system.
When asked about the troubling details surrounding his death ... both Carli and Debbie said they had no idea he had been taking pain medication.
"I wonder sometimes if I'll ever be as happy as I was. I have a lot of healing to do. I have faith that I'll get there. I know I'll never be the same. It's going to be different. But, I believe that I can find happiness again."
Carli and Debbie are currently suing the Angels ... claiming the team could have prevented Skaggs' death.