Former NHL Player Marek Svatos, 34, Found Dead In his Denver Home After An ‘Accidental Overdose’, Leaving Behind a Wife and Two Kids

 Svatos' last season in the NHL was 2010-11, when he played for Nashville (pictured in January 2011) and Ottawa
Svatos’ last season in the NHL was 2010-11, when he played for Nashville (pictured in January 2011) and Ottawa

Former Colorado Avalanche winger Marek Svatos was found dead in his Denver home on Saturday. He was 34 years old.

As of Sunday night an official cause of death had not been confirmed.

But multiple reports from HockeyFeed and Eurolanche say that the married father-of-two died from an accidental ‘drug (medicine) overdose’.

DailyMail.com reached out to the Lone Tree Police Department Sunday night, but details about Svatos’ cause of death were not available at the time.

As of Sunday night an official cause of death had not been confirmed. But multiple reports from HockeyFeed and Eurolanche say that Svatos' death resulted from a 'drug (medicine) overdose. He leaves behind his wife, Diana, and their two young sons (pictured)
As of Sunday night an official cause of death had not been confirmed. But multiple reports from HockeyFeed and Eurolanche say that Svatos’ death resulted from a ‘drug (medicine) overdose. He leaves behind his wife, Diana, and their two young sons (pictured)

Lone Tree police responded to Svatos’ home after a family member called around midnight for medical aid, Sgt Ryan Gallegos told The Denver Post.

His death was first reported by Slovakian journalist and author David Puchovsky, who also is president of the Avalanche’s European fan club, Eurolanche.

The fan club reported that a family-related source confirmed that Svatos’ death was an accident.

He was remembered by the Avalanche and fans before their Sunday night game versus the St Louis Blues during a moment of silence as his photo was projected on the score board.

Svatos was from Kosice, Slovakia, and was living with his wife, Diana, whom he met while playing with the Avalanche. He also leaves behind his two young sons.

He was a seventh-round draft choice for the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.

His best season was in 2006 when he played 61 games and tallied 50 points, 32 of those points being goals.

That same year, Svatos represented Slovakia in the Olympic games in Turin.

He was remembered by the Avalanche and fans before their Sunday night game versus the St Louis Blues during a moment of silence as his photo was projected on the score board (pictured)
He was remembered by the Avalanche and fans before their Sunday night game versus the St Louis Blues during a moment of silence as his photo was projected on the score board (pictured)

‘The entire Avalanche organization is extremely saddened by this news,’ Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said Sunday in a statement.

‘Marek was a tremendous person, a talented hockey player and a great teammate. Our thoughts, prayers and our deepest sympathy to his wife, children and his entire family.’

Sakic played with Svatos in Colorado from 2003-09.

Svatos’ last season in the NHL was 2010-11, when he played for Nashville and Ottawa.

SOURCE: Daily Mail