Student Dies After Binge to Celebrate 21st Birthday Drake University student collapses after night of celebration By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 12, 2011 1:09 PM CDT 33 comments Comments Stock photo of alcoholic shots. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Sad story from Iowa's Drake University: A student celebrating her 21st birthday died after consuming about 16 shots, reports the Des Moines Register. Lydia Gale Clark had been out celebrating with friends, got sick the next morning, and collapsed on her bathroom floor. Her dad, who says a previously undiagnosed heart condition may have contributed, hopes his daughter's death can be a warning. “I don’t get this rite of passage where these kids think you have to do 21 shots," he said. "I mean, holy cow."