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Medical examiner blames alcohol for VCU death

Link to medical examiner and Adam Oakes article.

Excerpt: WVTR

RICHMOND, Va. — Ethanol toxicity, more commonly known as alcohol poisoning, killed VCU freshman Adam Oakes, according to ?Virginia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The manner of death was ruled as accidental.

Oakes’ parents said Adam died after he received a bid to join the Delta Chi fraternity.

Oakes, 19, had attended a fraternity event hours before his body was discovered at a home on West Clay Street in February 2021.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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