Bringing attention to deaths brought upon by substance use, whether intentional or unintentional.

New Orleans College Student Dropped Off at Hospital Died from Drug and Alcohol Intoxication, Coroner’s Office Says

The New Orleans coroner’s office said Ciaya Whetstone’s death was ruled an accident.

Ciaya Whetstone died from drug and alcohol intoxication, the New Orleans Coroner’s Office said Thursday, months after the college student’s death.

Jason Melancon, a spokesman for the New Orleans Coroner’s Office, said an autopsy found that Whetstone, 21, died as a result of fentanyl and ethanol intoxication and that the manner was determined to be an accident. The news was first reported by WGNo-TV.

Whetstone, a student at the University of New Orleans, died Feb. 19 shortly after she was dropped off at New Orleans East Hospital.

(Via: NBC News)

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Family Shares Warning After Fentanyl Kills 22-Year-Old Northland Woman

Nina Strada loved to make others beautiful. Strada, 22, had a passion for makeup artistry and for helping others look and feel their best.

Michelle Termini and her husband Frank say what happened in the last months of Nina’s life should never happen to anyone else.

“I don’t want a mother, or father, or stepfather, I don’t want anyone to have to go through what we’re going through, because it’s a nightmare,” Michelle said.

Frank, Nina’s stepfather, said their family tried to get Nina professional help after she became hooked on pain pills. She went to rehab in Boston, then relapsed three weeks after she returned by taking a fake pain pill laced with fentanyl.

(Via: KMBC)

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Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins had 10 Different Substances in Body, Early Report Finds

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had 10 different substances in his body when he was found dead in a hotel room in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday, a preliminary report from the Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office determined after performing “an initial forensic examination.”

The urine toxicology test indicated the presence of “THX (Marijuana), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids, among others,” a statement from the office said.

The office added it would “continue to investigate and will duly inform the findings of forensic examinations in due time.”

Hawkins had been scheduled to play with the rock band at a festival in Bogota on Friday before he was found dead in his hotel room.

(Via: USA Today)

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Names Of The 5 People Who Died In Commerce City Apartment Released, Search Continues For Person Who Dealt Fatal Drugs

The names of the five people who were found dead in a Commerce City apartment building after suspected drug use have been released.

The following people died, according to the coroner’s office in Adams County:

– Sabas Daniel Marquez, 24
– Humberto Arroyo-Ledezma, 32
– Karina Joy Rodriguez, 28
– Stephine Sonya Monroe, 29
– Jennifer Danielle Cunningham, 32

A sixth adult, a 29-year-old Hispanic woman, was alive and taken to the hospital. A 4-month-old baby was inside the apartment and is healthy and safe, according to police. The child’s parents were among those who died.

Authorities said they are trying to find the drug dealer who sold the drugs to the victims and “will vigorously pursue charges for those who sold/provided the drugs.” The bodies were found on Sunday night in the North Range Crossing apartment complex on 104th Avenue. Someone called 911 to report unconscious people inside.

(Via: CBS Denver)

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Middle-School Children Fall Prey to Fatal Fentanyl Overdoses

At age 14, Alexander Neville was still very much a curious kid. He was a Boy Scout who enjoyed getting outdoors and camping. He played with Legos and liked to skateboard. He slept with a stuffed Iron Man figure and still snuggled with a teddy bear he’d had since he was much younger.

But about a year and a half ago, the middle schooler confessed to his parents about a very adult problem: He was experimenting with oxycodone, a prescription painkiller.

He had no idea that the pills he was taking were actually prescription knockoffs laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. Just a few milligrams of fentanyl can be a fatal dose.

One morning in June 2020, his mother, Amy, found him dead in his bedroom.

(Via: CNN)

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Former L.A. Angels’ Official Convicted in Overdose Death of Pitcher Tyler Skaggs

Eric Prescott Kay, a former communications director for the Los Angeles Angels, has been found guilty of two charges in the 2019 overdose death of Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas said.

Skaggs, 27, died on July 1, 2019, in a hotel in Southlake, Texas, before the team was set to play the Texas Rangers.

Kay, 47, was found guilty Thursday of distribution of controlled substances resulting in death and conspiracy to possess with intent distribute controlled substances, according to the federal prosecutor.

Prosecutors said Kay faces between 20 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in late June.

(Via: CNN)

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‘My Beautiful Boy is Gone’: Dr. Laura Berman’s 16-Year-Old Son Samuel Dies from Overdose

OWN TV host Dr. Laura Berman is mourning the death of her 16-year-old son.

The relationship and intimacy therapist confirmed to USA TODAY Monday that her teen son Samuel died on Sunday from an accidental overdose of fentanyl laced Xanax at their family home in Santa Monica, California.

“Our son Sammy was a beautiful soul who left us way too soon,” Berman said in a statement provided by her husband, Samuel Chapman. “Our hearts are broken for ourselves and for all the other children that are suffering during this pandemic.”

Berman first shared the news of her son’s death on Instagram Sunday, writing that her son got “the drugs delivered to the house” in an “experimentation gone bad.”

(Via: USA Today)

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Parents Charged After Daughter, 2, Dies of Fentanyl Overdose, Deputies Say

Deputies in Marion County said they have charged a man and a woman after finding their 2-year-old daughter died of a fentanyl overdose.

Joseph Tierney and Jalynn Davis were charged Tuesday with aggravated manslaughter of a child in connection with the death of their daughter, records show.

The girl’s death occurred on June 13 at a home on Southeast Highway 42 in Umatilla.

Deputies said they found the girl, Miya Tierney, unresponsive inside the home and administered CPR before taking her to a hospital where she died.

(Via: WFTV)

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Ex-NFL QB Colt Brennan Death Caused By Accidental OD. Methamphetamine, Fentanyl Found.

Colt Brennan died of an accidental drug overdose, TMZ Sports has learned … after a toxicology report found the former NFL QB had ingested fentanyl and other dangerous substances prior to his death.

Brennan tragically died at the age of 37 in May 2021. The former University of Hawaii quarterback had been receiving treatment at a drug rehab facility in Southern California when he experienced a medical emergency. He was rushed to the hospital… where he passed away.

Now, after completing an autopsy and tox screen, health officials tell us the death was accidental, caused by a lethal concoction of drugs (polydrug), including the dangerous and illicit substance, fentanyl.

In addition to the incredibly powerful opioid, officials also found methamphetamine, amphetamine and ethanol in his system.

(Via: TMZ)

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Comedian Fuquan Johnson, Two Others Dead From Suspected Drug Overdose

Stand-up comedian Fuquan Johnson was among three people who died of a suspected overdose at a Los Angeles party, authorities said Monday.

Three people were declared dead at the scene in the Venice neighborhood early Saturday morning and a fourth was taken to a hospital in critical condition, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.

The dead were Johnson, 43, of Los Angeles; Enrico Colangeli, 48, of Medford, Massachusetts; and Natalie Williamson, 33, of Los Angeles, the LA County coroner’s office said.

A preliminary investigation found that the three died from an overdose, Lopez said. The coroner will determine and release the official cause of death after autopsies are performed.

(Via: USA Today)

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2 Teens Arrested In Connection To Overdose Deaths Of Two 16-Year-Olds In North Texas

Authorities in North Texas have arrested two 16-year-olds in connection to the deaths of two other teenagers who are believed to have died from overdosing on counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl.

Police in Venus, located in Johnson County, made the arrest of the two suspects following the deaths of the two boys in March. The identities of the two suspects or what charges they face were not immediately released.

Police said the two victims died in separate incidents over spring break.

In each case, witnesses told police they thought they were taking oxycodone pills. Police said there have been confirmed cases around North Texas in recent months of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl.

(Via: CBS)

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Former America’s Got Talent Contestant Skilyr Hicks Dead at 23

America’s Got Talent fans are mourning the loss of former contestant Skilyr Hicks.

The singer-songwriter and guitar player, who competed on season eight of the NBC competition series in 2013, was found dead at age 23 in a friend’s home in Liberty, S.C. on Monday, Dec. 6, Skilyr’s mother, Jodi Simak Cronk, told TMZ. The Pickens County Coroner’s Office confirmed to E! News that the musician died that night at a residence in the town and that they are investigating the case.

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, Chief Deputy Chad Brooks of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office told the outlet that Skilyr was pronounced dead at the scene after being found on the floor of a bathroom, where drugs and paraphernalia were also found. Though the official cause of the musician’s death has not yet been determined, the officer said she is suspected to have died of a drug overdose.

Skilyr’s 25-year-old sister, Breelyn Hicks, paid tribute to the musician on her Facebook page, writing, “My super beautiful, extremely talented, hilarious, free spirit of a sister left this world to be with Jesus. I can’t possibly put into words how broken-hearted I am. I will miss her like crazy. I’ll miss her voice, her long warm hugs, her constantly making jokes using puns. Her ability to create music that inspired thousands of people.”

(Via: E!)

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