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Fox 35 News pulls hazing death story on University of Central Florida student McAndy Douarin it published yesterday

Link to blog item from Orlando Sentinel

The Facebook site below DOES claim he was hazed, but the  medical examiner’s report ruled otherwise. Stay tuned to this site see if the family takes this allegation to police. Here is the correction from Fox 35. Fox 35 said they had the cause of death wrong and named the wrong fraternity — Moderator

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) –  We want to correct our earlier reports about the death of the UCF student.  Contrary to our earlier reports, there is no indication the student’s death was connected to activities conducted by his fraternity.The Medical Examiner with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office says the student, McAndy Douarin, had heart problems and said he died a natural death.Our earlier report also incorrectly identified a fraternity.UCF police say they are not handling the investigation because the death did not occur on campus.

Here are the burial details from a Facebook group set up to honor Douarin:

The funeral will be on Monday September 8th, 2008 at 11AM at the same location.
Messages and expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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