TUSCALOOSA, Alabama June 29 2011– Aaron Douglas died as the result of multiple drugs in his system, according to a Florida medical examiner’s report.
al.com newspapers obtained a copy of the medical examiner’s report this morning through a records request with the Duval County medical examiner’s office in Florida. The autopsy was conducted May 13, and the manner of death was ruled an “accident.” The 21-year-old’s cause of death was ruled a “multiple drug toxicity” of methadone, diazepam and carisoprodol.
The former Alabama and Tennessee offensive lineman was found dead May 12 while vacationing in Florida. His body was discovered on a second-floor balcony at 2570 First Avenue in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, methadone, though often known for its use as a withdrawal medication for opiad use, was designed as a pain reliever. Diazepam, marketed as Valium, typically helps relieve anxiety. Carisoprodol, known by the brand name Soma, is a muscle relaxant often prescribed to relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains and other muscle injuries.
Police said Douglas was traveling by taxi to Jacksonville following dinner May 11 when he received a phone call from two local women, who invited him to a party in Fernandina Beach. The autopsy report does not state how Douglas may have gotten the medications or whether they may have been prescribed to him.
Police said Douglas was last seen alive as late as 2 a.m. on May 12, and was discovered later that morning by an unidentified male resident