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Derek Boogaard Died of an Accidental Mix of Alcohol and Painkillers

The Hennepin County, Minnesota, medical examiner has ruled that Derek Boogaard's death was accidental and was caused by mixing alcohol and oxycodone, a powerful painkiller. The medical examiner said that no further data will be released. Boogaard, who played just 22 games for the Rangers before sustaining a season-ending concussion in December, was found dead a week ago today in his Minneapolis apartment. Boogaard had reportedly spent time recently in the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Program. [AP, Star Tribune]

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