Overdose confirmed as cause of cheerleader death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A coroner says a drug overdose caused the death of a University of Louisville cheerleader in July.

Jefferson County Coroner Barbara Weakley-Jones told The Courier-Journal that 22-year-old Danielle Cogswell died of an overdose of heroin, amphetamines and Xanax.

University sports information director Kenny Klein said cheerleaders will now be required to undergo the same drug testing as other athletes.

Cogswell was found July 28 in Cardinal Towne, an off-campus student housing complex with ties to U of L.

Police said previously they were treating the death as a suspected overdose.

An associate athletic director for student life at U of L, Christine Simatacolos, said the circumstances of Cogswell's death and the coroner's report were saddening.

Cogswell was from the Seattle suburb of Sammamish and transferred to U of L from Arizona State last year.

WBKO.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 273154161 - wbko.com/a?a=273154161
Gray Television, Inc.