An article on MTV reports that Hawthorne Heights’ Casey Calvert died of accidental mixture of medications.
Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert died due to the “acute combined effects of opiate, citalopram and clonazepam intoxication,” according to the results of an autopsy released Monday (December 17) by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C. He was found dead in the band’s tour bus outside the 9:30 club in the city on November 24.
The autopsy listed Calvert’s death as accidental, though a spokesperson for the chief medical examiner added that it was brought on due to “substance abuse.” The opiate referred to in the report wasn’t specified, but often, any drug that acts on cell receptors Ã¢â‚¬” including strong prescription pain relievers such as fentanyl or oxycodone Ã¢â‚¬” are referred to as “opiates” or sometimes “opoids.” Both citalopram (also known by the brand name Celexa) and clonazepam (also known by the brand names Klonopin and Rivotril) are prescription drugs, the former an antidepressant and the latter used to treat seizure disorders and panic attacks.
A spokesperson for the medical examiner’s office declined MTV News’ request to elaborate on the results of the autopsy.