A survivor of the Columbine Excessive Faculty capturing who later turned a distinguished advocate for preventing habit has been discovered lifeless at his Colorado dwelling.
Austin Eubanks, 37, was shot within the hand and knee within the 1999 Columbine assault, wherein 12 of his classmates and a trainer have been killed.
He turned hooked on medication after taking ache medicine whereas recovering from his accidents.
Officers say there have been no indicators of foul play in his dying.
Eubanks’s physique was found on Saturday at his dwelling in Steamboats Springs, Colorado, Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg stated.
A autopsy examination to ascertain the reason for dying was deliberate for Monday.
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His household stated he had “misplaced the battle with the very illness he fought so onerous to assist others face”.
“As you possibly can think about, we’re past shocked and saddened and request that our privateness is revered presently,” they added in an announcement reported by native TV station KMGH.
Eubanks informed the BBC in 2017 of how the assault, which killed his greatest buddy, led him to habit.
“I used to be medicated on quite a lot of substances that have been meant to sedate and to alleviate ache,” he stated.
“I turned addicted earlier than I even knew what was occurring.”
Eubanks later labored at an habit remedy centre and travelled the US telling his story and dealing to enhance habit restoration and prevention.
The Columbine Excessive Faculty capturing happened on 20 April, 1999 when two college students killed 12 fellow pupils and a trainer. They then killed themselves.
It was, on the time, the deadliest faculty capturing in US historical past.