ALCOHOL PLUS DRUG CITED IN CLU DEATH.
Alcohol and the drug GHB killed a top student and athlete found dead at California Lutheran University after a night of drinking with friends this spring, a spokesperson for the Medical Examiner's Office said Monday.
Kyle Hagmann, 20, ingested alcohol and gamma hydroxybutyrate, a designer drug that is believed to cause a loss of consciousness among users, officials said. Authorities believe it was the first GHB-related death in Ventura County.
``We . . . hope that the coroner's (giving the) cause of death will bring closure to his family and to the college community, which continues to mourn his death,'' said Carol Keochekian, senior director of university relations at CLU. ``It was a tragic loss.''
Hagmann's family said the student had been taking the designer drug at the encouragement of others who promoted it as a muscle builder and sleep aid, and they urged other parents to be aware the drug is dangerous.
``He didn't take it to party with,'' said his mother, Elise Hagmann. ``He was misinformed about the danger of the drug and thought it was something quite a bit safer.''
The popular student's death April 24 hit hard on the small liberal arts campus, where a makeshift shrine stood in his honor and students and faculty gathered for a memorial service.
Hagmann had been out drinking with friends on a Friday night, using a Hawaii driver's license that gave his age as 21, officials said. He fell asleep on the couch in his dormitory suite and was found dead the next morning.
The junior sports-medicine major from Big Bear City was at the university on an academic scholarship and was a dean's list honor student.
With a 6-foot frame and a penchant for Hawaiian shirts and puka shells, he was well-known and popular. He was working as a sports trainer for the school basketball team and hoped to put his skills to work in sports medicine.
Officials at the university, which has a no-drinking policy, said at the time of his death that they would be reviewing their alcohol awareness programs.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Jun 22, 1999|
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