Northwestern student’s death caused by alcohol, prescription drugs, ME finds — (The Chicago Tribune)

SSRI Ed note: University student taking Proxac (fluoxetine) and bupropion (Wellbutrin) drinks alcohol, dies, coroner identifies cause as drug toxicity.

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The Chicago Tribune

By Genevieve Bookwalter, Pioneer Press |

The mysterious February death of Northwestern University junior Kenzie Krogh was due to alcohol and two different antidepressants, according to findings released Wednesday from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Becky Schlikerman, spokeswoman for the examiner’s office, wrote in an email Wednesday morning that Krogh’s death was caused by “combined drug toxicity” from bupropion, fluoxetine and ethanol.

Schlickerman said the manner of death was determined to be suicide.

Commander Ryan Glew of the Evanston Police Department said that the number of antidepressant pills Krogh took was “enough to be inconsistent with an accident.”

“I don’t know how many but it was too much,” Glew said.

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Krogh, 20, died on Feb. 25 after admitting herself to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, a day after she told friends she wasn’t feeling well, Evanston police said at the time.

According to, bupropion is an antidepressant that also goes by the brand name Wellbutrin. Fluoxetine is an antidepressant that also goes by the brand name Prozac. Ethanol is the chemical name for alcohol.

A Northwestern junior, Krogh studied sociology and its applications to business at the university’s school of education and social policy. She was due to start an internship with Deloitte consulting firm this summer.

Todd Adams, associate vice president and dean of students for Northwestern, issued a statement Wednesday about Krogh.

“We continue to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Kenzie Krogh,” the statement read. “The loss of any one member of our community affects us all, and we offer our support to those who knew and loved Kenzie.”,   Twitter @GenevieveBook