Boogaard: Alcohol And Oxycodone

My Monday Piece For Beyond Chron, Plus Other Program Notes
May 20, 2011
‘Is There Now a Feeding Frenzy of Concussion-Related Sports Suicides?’ … today at Beyond Chron
May 23, 2011

According to new wire service reports, the death of Derek Boogaard was caused by an accidentally fatal mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone.

The original first sentence of my new column for Beyond Chron, which will be published Monday, was going to be, “We don’t yet know why hockey player Derek Boogaard died at 28, but we do know that his family immediately donated his brain to the chronic traumatic encephalopathy research group in Boston, led by Dr. Robert Cantu and spearheaded by Harvard alum and retired World Wrestling Entertainment performer Chris Nowinski.”

This development causes me to tweak that sentence. But it doesn’t change the essence of the piece, headlined “Is There Now a Feeding Frenzy of Concussion-Related Sports Suicides?”

Irv Muchnick

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