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A survivor of the 1999 Columbine school massacre who went on to become an advocate for fighting addiction was found dead at his Colorado home on Saturday, officials said.
Austin Eubanks, 37, died overnight at his Steamboat Springs home, according to Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg. The death was reported early Saturday morning. Ryg added there were no signs of foul play. A Monday autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.
The article goes on to state the following:
Eubanks was shot in the hand and knee alongside his best friend Corey DePooter in the library during the massacre. DePooter, along with 11 other classmates and a teacher, were killed in the shooting rampage.
“I completely disassociated,” Eubanks told Fox News host Neil Cavuto last month. “I’ve always been able to recall everything that happened that day, but it was almost as if I was watching it on television. I wasn’t present in my own body.”
After the shooting, Eubanks became addicted to drugs after taking prescription pain medication while recovering from his injuries.
“I was prescribed medications for my physical injuries and, immediately, I became drawn to those medications because of how they improved the underlying symptoms of emotional pain,” he said during his appearance on “Cavuto Live.”
When he got sober in 2011, he said he wanted to make a change, working at an addiction treatment center and traveling the U.S. telling his story.
Columbine shooting survivor Austin Eubanks was found dead in his home on Saturday. https://t.co/DBlJvNmksK
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