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Boogaard death from alcohol, oxycodone toxicity

Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 6:33 pm
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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office has released its findings on the death of Derek Boogaard, listing the cause of death as mixed alcohol and oxycodone toxicity.

The office also ruled the manner of death as accidental.

To see the examiner's press release, click here.

Unfortunately, as many hypothesized, Boogaard's death was related to taking medication for pain -- the oxycodone. Warnings of the drug explicitly state not to mix oxycodone with alcohol, which could cause severe injury or death. It is also listed as a very addictive drug, a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine.

Boogaard's family issued this following statement through the National Hockey League Players’ Association:

“We would like to express our appreciation for the outpouring of love and support for our family during this difficult period as we grieve the loss of Derek – our son and brother. We are deeply saddened by this unimaginable loss, but we are grateful for the expression of support that has given us strength as we go through this tragic time.

It is very comforting for our family to know that, while Derek’s life was far too short, he had a great impact on many people who he came into contact with. We are proud that Derek was able to live his boyhood dream to play in the National Hockey League. We are even more proud of the fact that Derek was dedicated to making a difference in his adopted communities of Minnesota and New York City, through his countless hours of charitable work.

Earlier today, we received the results of Derek's toxicology report at the time of his accidental death. After repeated courageous attempts at rehabilitation and with the full support of the New York Rangers, the NHLPA, and the NHL, Derek had been showing tremendous improvement but was ultimately unable to beat this opponent. While he played and lived with pain for many years, his passion for the game, his teammates, and his community work was unstoppable.

Our family would like to like to thank the New York Rangers, the Minnesota Wild, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, and the National Hockey League for supporting Derek's continued efforts in his battle.

Derek will be greatly missed and will never be forgotten by his fans, friends, and teammates, and especially by us – his family. We respectfully ask for continued privacy as we grieve the loss of Derek.”

The Predators' Jordan Tootoo tweeted out his condolences on Friday, saying "Thoughts and Prayers going out to the Boogaard family from the Tootoo family. We understand the pain."

Last week, the New York Post reported Boogaard was receiving counseling in the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Program in the weeks prior to his death.

Since his sudden death on May 13, Boogaard's family decided to donate his brain to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy to help study the effects of hits to the head in sports. The Rangers enforcer missed the majority of his first season in New York because of a concussion.

Earlier this year, Boston University revealed former enforcer Bob Probert suffered from the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Probert died of a heart attack last July at age 45. Reggie Fleming, a 1960s enforcer who played before helmets became mandatory, also had CTE.

Originally drafted by the Wild, Minnesota fans held a memorial service for Boogaard last Sunday at Xcel Energy Center. Family, friends and former teammates turned out, and remembered Boogaard as a rough-and-tumble guy on the rink, but a gentle giant when he wasn't on the ice.

"He exuded this aura about him that made people want to be around him," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Sunday. "He just brought smiles to everyone's faces all the time."

The funeral for Boogaard is scheduled for Saturday in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Needless to say, no matter how the story ended, it was going to be sad. There is no good way for it to end.

-- Brian Stubits

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:38 pm
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Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 7:56 am
 

Boogaard death from alcohol, oxycodone toxicity

And the Don Cherry mentality claims another young man. "The Rangers enforcer missed the majority of his first season in New York because of a concussion." You`re a "sissy" if you don`t fight like Cherry is allowed to say on communist,state funded television,CBC, in Canada.And you`re a sissy if you don`t drink.And the sad thing is,CBC,Canadian Brodcast Corp,gives a racist,biggot,ignorant loudmouth troglodyte a soap box to spew his dangerous venom to millions of kids.Congratulations Cherry,you got another one.R.I.P Derek.



Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Boogaard death from alcohol, oxycodone toxicity

For anyone to rant about what Derek might have done,is quite a strong assumption on their parts.Leave what is ,the way it is,or in Derek case, was.Have an open mind about the pain some athelets endure to play at the level they play at.Have an open mind what Derek
endured at his final moments on this earth.Although I didn't know him personally.I feel for him and all the people that knew him.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Boogaard death from alcohol, oxycodone toxicity

Another drug and alcohol related death... at least he didn't harm anyone else with his stupid decisions... no loss here

Your statement proves to me that you've never buried anybody you care about at a young age.  Don't even bother trying to say  you have because i'm 100 percent sure you haven't.  I have though..... twice in my life and i'll tell you something.  The pain is so deep.. so excruciating if you ever had to suffer through what i did you would NEVER talk like that.  Never the less you are a dispicable and disgusting individual for saying the things you do.. shame on you.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Boogaard death from alcohol, oxycodone toxicity

a logical conclusion would be that he was depressed from his injury as well as depression from taking pain meds, and started to build a tolerance to the meds, starting him on alcohol to lessen the pain and depression..no matter what, it's a tragedy of huge proportions being that he was such a great guy off the ice as well as doing his job well..his poor family, friends, Minnesota organization and fans as well as Rangers organization and fans, and to all who this hurt..the world was a better place with him in it and i hope all of the people who have said derogatory comments about this realize their mistake and choose to remember Derek Boogaaed as a great man who gave to others and put smiles on peoples faces and was respevted by all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Boogaard death from alcohol, oxycodone toxicity

you speak with alot of knowledge on pain meds, but i have a broken back and have had it for 8 years, i've taken all the meds you listed...but oxycontin is no longer able to be crushed up, it turns to gel, so while you know alot, he wasnt snorting oxycontin..cant be done..more people get prescribed the 30mg oxycodone(roxicet) as it is immediate release that can be snorted..the highest mg that can be as of now..we have no clue what or how many he did, so dont think you know what he snorted...seriously



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:44 am
 

Boogaard death from alcohol, oxycodone toxicity

I'm embarrassed that you're a fellow Mets fan, PensMetsFins.  Also real tough of you to say something like that over the Internet. You're a loser.



Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:32 am
 

Boogaard death from alcohol, oxycodone toxicity

I have never had to deal with any kind of addiction so I don't comment what he should or shouldn't have done.  Obviously, mixing with alcohol was a fatal mistake...but saying "no big loss here"..Pens, shows me you suffer from an incurable disease called tactless stupidity.



Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:20 am
 

Boogaard death from alcohol, oxycodone toxicity

Another drug and alcohol related death... at least he didn't harm anyone else with his stupid decisions... no loss here


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