A Thompson Rivers University vice-president’s sudden death on Vancouver Island last year has officially been ruled a fentanyl overdose.
Christopher Seguin, who had served as TRU’s vice-president of advancement prior to his death, died on Sept. 22 in a Victoria medical facility. The 39-year-old had been in the provincial capital on university business.
According to a report released Wednesday by the BC Coroners Service, Seguin was found unresponsive in his Victoria hotel room at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2017.
“An ambulance was summoned and paramedics initiated resuscitation measures, including the administration of Naloxone,” the report reads. “Mr. Seguin was then transferred to Royal Jubilee Hospital’s intensive-care unit, where testing confirmed the presence of fentanyl. His condition deteriorated over the next few days and his death occurred on Sept. 22, 2017.”
According to the report, investigators found empty alcohol bottles in Seguin’s hotel room, but no illicit drugs.
“Mr. Seguin’s medical history included past alcohol overuse, but no documented history of illicit substance use,” it reads.
Toxicology tests revealed a “moderate to heavy level of intoxication with alcohol” and lower levels of fentanyl in Seguin’s system, the report states.
“The combination of alcohol and fentanyl can produce greater respiratory depression,” the report reads.
The report found Seguin died of “anoxic brain injury due to mixed drug toxicity” and his death was ruled accidental.
Seguin, who grew up in Kamloops, began work as TRU’s vice-president of advancement in 2007. He had previously been employed in a fundraising capacity at Simon Fraser University.