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Mom of 'Emo Rapper' Sues Over His Death

Lil Peep's mother blames his managers for his overdose

(Newser) - Lil Peep died of a drug overdose at age 21 , and nearly two years after the death of the "emo rapper" on a tour bus, his mother is suing. Liza Womack says in her suit that her son was "stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out, exhausted and physically unwell" before... More »

Dem Donor Indicted in 2nd Death at LA Home

Ed Buck faces 5 federal charges in all

(Newser) - Ed Buck, the Democratic donor accused of luring gay black men to his West Hollywood home and injecting them with meth, has been charged in connection with a second overdose death. Held without bond, Buck was previously charged in federal court in connection with the July 2017 death of homeless... More »

Vine Founder Texted 'Candyshop' Before OD Death

6 charged with conspiring to distribute drugs in NYC

(Newser) - Six people who allegedly operated a drug delivery service called Mike's Candyshop have been arrested in connection with the overdose death of Vine founder Colin Kroll. The suspects, ages 25 to 38, each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison on a charge of conspiring to... More »

Dem Donor's Legal Troubles Just Got Worse

Complaint: Ed Buck, accused of luring gay men for sex and meth binges, had at least 10 victims

(Newser) - When you're known around town as "Doctor Kevorkian," the implication probably isn't a good one. That's the nickname court records say was bestowed on wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck, 65, who's been accused of luring homeless, gay black men to his home, then plying... More »

Granddaughter of RFK Dies of Suspected Overdose

Saoirse Kennedy Hill was 22

(Newser) - Another tragedy for the Kennedy family: Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, has died. "Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse," the Kennedy family said in a statement. "Her life was filled with hope, promise and love." Sources... More »

Columbine Survivor's Death Ruled Accidental

Austin Eubanks died of a heroin overdose

(Newser) - Austin Eubanks was found dead in his Colorado home on May 18, 20 years after he hid under a library table and managed to survive the Columbine school shooting. Now the Routt County Coroner's Office has confirmed his cause of death: acute heroin toxicity. Coroner Robert Ryg tells CNN... More »

In This State, a 'Mind-Boggling' Stat on Death Rates

WVa.'s drug OD rate has seen huge growth; US seeing record rates in 'deaths of despair' overall

(Newser) - Mortality rates in the US from drug overdoses, alcohol, and suicides have reached an all-time high, per a new report, and one region of the country is especially hard-hit. NBC News cites the survey from the Commonwealth Fund health advocacy group that takes a close look at 2017 data from... More »

He Drank This for 2 Weeks Straight. Then, a Trip to the ER

Elderly patient's penchant for licorice tea led to a spike in his blood pressure

(Newser) - If you've always hated black licorice, it's OK to keep hating it—because too much of it can cause medical issues, as an elderly Canadian has found. Live Science reports on a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal detailing the case of an 84-year-old man who turned... More »

She Lived 20 Years. Now Her Friend Will Go to Jail for 21

Emma Semler left Jennifer Werstler to die of heroin overdose

(Newser) - Tears flowing down her cheeks, Emma Semler turned to the family of a deceased friend and mouthed the words, "I'm sorry." The mother of Jennifer Werstler—who died of a heroin overdose on the floor of a KFC bathroom on her 20th birthday in 2014—wasn't... More »

Ominous New Stat on Opioid Deaths Released

Americans have greater chance of dying of an overdose than in a car crash

(Newser) - It's no secret that opioid deaths are rising in the US, but a new statistic brings home the danger. For the first time, Americans now have a greater chance of dying from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, reports USA Today . The stat comes from... More »

Writer Warned of 'Predator' Months Before 2nd Death

Democratic donor Ed Buck under scrutiny after another suspected drug overdose at his residence

(Newser) - It's a jarring warning: "If another young, Black gay man overdoses or worse dies at Democratic donor Ed Buck’s apartment it’s going to be the fault of the sheriff’s dept and L.A. District Atty for not stopping him when they had the opportunity to.... More »

App Aims to Detect Drug Overdoses

Smartphone app developers hope to reduce deaths from opioid ODs

(Newser) - Too often people die of an opioid overdose because no one's around to notice they're in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure breathing—and summon help if it stops, per the AP . The app is still experimental. But in a... More »

A Dead Man Is Found at Home of Democratic Donor. Again.

Ed Buck's lawyer claims another accidental drug overdose

(Newser) - A body was found Monday in the West Hollywood apartment of Democratic Party donor Edward Buck—and not for the first time. A black man in his 50s, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead around 1am following a 911 call, per KTLA and CBS Los Angeles . While... More »

Colleague on News Anchor's Death: 'There Are No Words'

Overdose suspected in death of Chris Burrous

(Newser) - A Los Angeles celebrity has died unexpectedly at 43. Chris Burrous, a fixture on KTLA's Morning News since 2011, died at a hospital Thursday in what police describe as a possible overdose. Firefighters responding to a report of an unconscious man at a Days Inn in the LA suburb... More »

Radio Host Spent 'Intense' 27 Minutes on Call With Suicidal Man

The UK's Iain Lee kept 'Chris' on the line while emergency services scrambled to find him

(Newser) - For nearly half an hour, a British radio host kept a suicidal man on the line while rescuers tried to find him, an experience he now calls "intense and upsetting" and which has earned him praise as a "hero." Iain Lee, an ex-I'm a Celebrity …... More »

He Gave Her Drugs, Raped Her Body. Now the Sentence

Even the judge says she's 'outraged'

(Newser) - A young man who gave a teenager drugs, watched her OD, raped her, and joked about her dead body via text received his sentence Thursday: less than three years. Superior Court Judge Linda Krese said Washington state law restricted the sentence she could give a first-time offender like Brian Varela,... More »

Record-Breaking Drug OD Deaths in US Last Year

200 people died per day in US in 2017, per the DEA

(Newser) - Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the US last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the DEA. Most of that was the result of a record number of opioid-related deaths. Preliminary figures show more than 72,000 people... More »

Man Charged With Hiding Lyric McHenry's Body

Alexis Meija-Ramirez also charged with tampering with physical evidence

(Newser) - Lyric McHenry was found dead hours after celebrating her 26th birthday in Manhattan, and what killed her has now been revealed. E! News cites an affidavit it obtained that says McHenry—known for appearing on EJ Johnson's reality series EJNYC—died from a fatal overdose of cocaine, heroin, and... More »

Friend Who Found Bobbi Kristina Suffers Similar Fate

Max Lomas is dead from overdose, reports TMZ

(Newser) - The friend who found Bobbi Kristina Brown face-down in a bathtub after an overdose has suffered a similar death himself, reports TMZ . Max Lomas was found unresponsive on the floor of a friend's bathroom in Mississippi with a syringe nearby and died at the hospital, according to the website.... More »

In a Burger King Bathroom, a Newborn Defies Odds

Infant born in toilet expected to be OK as mother heads to rehab

(Newser) - A 26-year-old Ohio woman is heading to drug rehab in the hope of securing custody of her week-old son, born in the toilet of a Burger King bathroom stall. Authorities responding to a report of a man passed out behind the wheel of a running car say they found Zachary... More »

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