Austin Eubanks, an injured overcomer of the 1999 Columbine Secondary School slaughter who in later years navigated the nation rousing others to beat chronic drug use, was discovered dead in his Colorado home on Saturday. He was 37.
Routt District Coroner Ransack Ryg told KMGH-television that experts found no indications of unfairness and that an examination would be performed on Monday to decide the reason for death.
In an announcement, his family said Eubanks had “lost the fight with the very illness he contended so energetically to help other people face.”
“Helping to fabricate a network of help is the thing that implied the most to Austin, and we intend to proceed with his work,” the announcement said. “As you can envision, we are past stunned and disheartened and demand that our protection is regarded at this time.”
Eubanks, who was shot twice by the two Columbine shooters who were understudies at the school and who saw his closest incredible his eyes, fought a narcotic fixation for quite a long time after the slaughter. He turned into an open speaker on dependence recuperation in the wake of getting to be calm in 2011.
Doctors had recommended Eubanks a collection of pills, including sedatives, for the wounds he continued amid the shooting and, as he told WTHR-television in April, “very quickly, I began curing that fundamental enthusiastic pain.”
Eubanks said he utilized medications and liquor for a long time to dull the injury and despondency before discovering recovery.
“When individuals ask how I discovered recuperation, I disclose to them this is on the grounds that I… made sense of each way that doesn’t work and luckily I had the option to remain alive sufficiently long to do that, which isn’t frequently the truth today with the poisonous quality of the substances that are accessible,” he told WTHR.
Eubanks additionally opened up a month ago in a meeting with The Related Press about the apprehensions he has for his two youthful children, matured 13 and 9, in this time of dynamic shooter bores and outfitted watchmen at schools.
“We are so reluctant to really gain significant ground on annihilating the issue,” Eubanks said. “So we’re simply going to concentrate on instructing children to shroud better, paying little heed to the passionate effect that that bears on their life. To me, that is pretty sad.”