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Medical examiner: Yale professor died of overdose

Monday - 1/6/2014, 6:50pm  ET

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Yale University professor who died in police detention had overdosed on drugs, a Connecticut medical examiner's office said Monday.

Samuel See died of acute methamphetamine and amphetamine intoxication with a recent heart attack, the office said. His death was ruled an accident.

See, 34, was an assistant professor of English and American studies who was on leave from the Ivy League university in New Haven.

He was detained by police responding to a report of domestic dispute. He was charged with violating a protective order, threatening and interfering with police. Police said that during his arrest, See and officers fell and See was cut above his left eye.

See was found unresponsive the next day, Nov. 24, in his cell at the Union Avenue detention facility in New Haven, city police said.

See was alert and communicating with marshals throughout his detainment until marshals found him in his cell, officials said. Marshals immediately provided CPR and other lifesaving efforts but he was later pronounced dead. Connecticut's Judicial Branch said it was conducting a review to make sure policies and procedures were followed.

Police Chief Dean Esserman has apologized for a three-day delay in releasing information about See's death.


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