The mixed martial arts fighter who died shortly after a cage fight in Mount Pleasant Saturday took pain medication at some point before he went into "full code" backstage at the Omar Shrine Temple, according to police reports released today.
Tyrone "Teestea" Mims, 30, told a ringside doctor that he simply felt tired after his fight, according to the Mount Pleasant police report. But when event organizers called the doctor a few moments later, Mims was talking incoherently and had a weak pulse, the report states.
Shortly after the doctor reached Mims back stage, he went into "full code," the doctor told police. EMS workers performed CPR on the fighter before transporting him to MUSC where he was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m., the report states.
One of the responding officers overheard an unknown person tell EMS workers that Mims had taken the prescription painkiller Percocet, but it wasn't clear how much or when it was consumed, the report states.
The pain medication is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen, and though it's a Schedule 2 narcotic, it is widely prescribed for ailments ranging from tooth aches to back pain.
The police report describes a fast-moving situation. Just 50 minutes elapsed from the time police radioed for EMS to when Mims was pronounced dead, the report states.
Mount Pleasant police are investigating the death. Officers were preparing today to examine statements taken by the South Carolina Athletic Commission, according to the report. Mim's opponent, Blake Poole, left before officers could question him, the report states.
The Charleston County coroner was set to autopsy Mims' body today. Early findings from that examination could be released by this afternoon. A noon press conference in Augusta was planned by Mims' training club.