Jimmy Hayes cause of death to be revealed after state medical examiner conducts autopsy on late NHL star who died at 31

NHL star Jimmy Hayes’ cause of death is likely to be revealed after state medical examiners conduct an autopsy on his body.

The 31-year-old athlete died suddenly at his home in Massachusetts on Monday.

Once the autopsy has been completed, a death certificate will be filed which could provide more information, according to the Boston Globe.

If more testing is required, the cause of death could be listed as "pending".

Autopsy reports in Massachusetts are not public documents.

Cops and first responders went to Hayes' home in Milton on Monday where he was pronounced dead.

A cause of death wasn't announced but it's not believed to be suspicious.

Grieving wife Kristen said she doesn't know how she'll "do life" without her husband.

She uploaded photos of the player with their two sons Beau, two, and three-month-old Mac to her Instagram story on Tuesday.

The mom 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."

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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.

"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!”

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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