NHL star Jimmy Hayes' cause of death may take weeks to be revealed after an autopsy was conducted, pathologists say.
The former Boston Bruins winger, 31, died suddenly at his home in Massachusetts on Monday.
Medical examiners in the state confirmed that an autopsy had been conducted but the hockey player's cause of death still remains unknown.
In an email sent to the Boston Globe, they said: “The cause and manner of death remain pending and an update is not expected for several weeks when toxicology testing comes back.”
Autopsy reports in Massachusetts are not public documents.
A funeral mass is due to be held in Dorchester on August 30, according to the Globe.
Cops and first responders went to Hayes' home in Milton on Monday where he was pronounced dead. His death is not believed to be suspicious.
Grieving wife Kristen said she doesn't know how she'll "do life" without her husband.
She shared heartbreaking snaps of Hayes playing on the beach with his sons Beau, two, and three-month-old Mac.
The mom wrote on Instagram: "Little did I know they would be our last photos of a family of four. I have no words. I’m heartbroken. We miss you. We love you. You should be here.”
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In a separate post, she said: "My angel, I love you so much. I miss you. I don't know how I'm going to do life without you. You should be here. This isn't fair."
Kristen posted touching snaps of the family enjoying a weekend out together just a day before Hayes' death.
Alongside the adorable snaps, she wrote: "Let’s keep making more babies. So much fun celebrating these 3 boys over the weekend.
"The cutest lil friendships (their dads all played hockey together at BC)."
Hayes played for the Boston Bruins between 2015-2017 after spells with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, and New Jersey Devils.
Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron said the winger was a “joy” on and off the ice.
He said: “I'll always remember his big smile – he was so positive and full of life.
We lost a great person."
“I’m going to really miss that. We’ve lost a great person.”
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane tweeted: "RIP Jimmy Hayes. One of my favorite teammates ever."
Hayes’ brother Kevin is a professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for NHL side the Philadelphia Flyers.
In a touching tribute, he said: “You taught me everything I needed to know in order to succeed. You lit up every single room you walked into with your smile and positive attitude.
“Everyone wanted to be around Jim, the big, goofy, horrible dancer, funny, genuine and kindest person around.
'DEVOTED AND COMPASSIONATE'
"I will never forget the times we shared or the memories we made and know that I will try my hardest to have your legacy live on.
“Our world lost someone special and I don’t know if I will ever be the same but till we meet again, I LOVE YOU JIM!”
An obituary reads: "Jimmy was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend to everyone. His sincere and compassionate heart could be felt by anyone who knew him.
"Those who knew Jimmy, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives."
Hayes is survived by Kevin, and his sisters Genevieve, Eileen, and Justine.
He won silver medals with Team USA in the 2007 under-18 World Junior Championship and the 2009 U-20s.
The athlete also co-hosted the “Missin Curfew” podcast with former NHL stars Shane O’Brien and Scotties Upshall.
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