Yale English Professor Died Of Drug Overdose (UPDATE)


The Connecticut State Medical Examiner's Office has determined the cause of the death of the assistant professor of English and American studies at the Yale University.

Samuel See, who was found dead early morning of Nov. 24 in a cell at the Union Avenue Detention Facility late November, died from an accidental overdose of methamphetamine and amphetamine intoxication with recent myocardial infarction, according to the toxicology report.

James Gill, the chief medical examiner, is not sure when See consumed the drugs that caused the overdose, NY Daily News reports.

The 32-year-old professor was handcuffed Saturday night (Nov.23) following a dispute with his partner Sunder Ganglani, 32, and resisting the arrest. During the scuffle with the police, See suffered injuries to his right eye.

See was immediately taken to a Yale-New Haven Hospital before being released to the police. He was placed in a detention cell and was charged with violating a protective order, interfering with police and second-degree threatening.

Several theories started to arise following the news of his sudden death in the cell. Family, friends, students at the Ivy League and fellow academics questioned the role of the police in a protest held in mid-December.

"A death in jail is a political death," Nathan Brown, an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Davis and an organizer of the march, had told the Yale Daily News. "This is especially the case when it is the death of a gay man, given the structural and historical homophobia of policing, incarceration, and the legal system in the United States."

An autopsy conducted within days of his death ruled out physical trauma or injury as the cause of his death.

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