Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay faced a health emergency last month when emergency responders found him unresponsive and struggling to breathe at his Carmel, Indiana home. The incident, recorded as a suspected “overdose” in police reports, raised concerns about his well-being.
According to a Carmel police incident report, Irsay, 64, was discovered unconscious and with abnormal breathing on December 8. Staff members had moved him from his bathroom, where he had fallen, to his bed. Authorities administered Narcan, an opioid overdose antidote, after finding him with bluish skin and agonal breathing.
While the cause of the incident remains unknown, Irsay has been prescribed various medications. His recent struggles with a “severe respiratory illness” add complexity to his health situation.
Irsay’s history of addiction, openly discussed in a recent HBO interview, reveals a long battle with alcoholism and pain pill addiction stemming from numerous surgeries. The Colts’ owner has been to rehab 15 times, highlighting the severity of his struggles.
The incident raises questions about the connection between his recent health issues and his past struggles. The Colts, acknowledging Irsay’s recovery from the respiratory illness, emphasize privacy for him and his family.
Irsay, who appeared at a Steelers game on December 16, has made few public appearances since, missing a scheduled performance with the Jim Irsay Band. The Colts express optimism about his recovery but provide no further details on his personal health.
This incident is not the first time Irsay’s health concerns have made headlines. In 2002, he admitted to painkiller addiction, seeking treatment after multiple operations. A 2014 incident involving erratic driving, prescription drugs, and a six-game suspension also drew attention to his struggles.
As Irsay continues his recovery, the Colts and fans await updates on his health, hoping for a swift return to normalcy for the team’s owner.