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Gay Minn. Teen Killed Himself

Gay Minn. Teen Killed Himself


After nearly two months of speculation and controversy, the death of Minnesota teenager Lance Lundsten has been ruled a suicide by the Douglas County medical examiner.

The 18-year-old gay high school senior, whose death contributed to a national conversation about teen bullying and suicide, was found at his home around 10 p.m. January 15 in need of medical care. Officers rushed Lundsten to the Douglas County Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

While Lundsten's family believed the teen died from a medical condition, rumors circulated that Lance had committed suicide after being bullied at school for being gay. An autopsy on January 18 revealed a slightly enlarged heart, but the medical examiner listed the cause of death as undetermined.

On Monday medical examiner Mark Spanbauer confirmed that the case had officially been ruled a suicide, according to Spanbauer said the toxicology report from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and MEDTOX determined that Lunsten had died from ingesting mixed drugs.

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