A Colorado man who survived the 1999 Columbine school shooting, and later became an advocate for fighting addiction, has died.
Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg confirmed Saturday that 37-year-old Austin Eubanks died at his Steamboat Springs home.
There were no signs of foul play and an autopsy is planned for Monday to determine the cause of death.
13 killed in 1999 Columbine massacre
Mr Eubanks was shot in the hand and knee in the Columbine attack that killed 12 classmates, including Eubanks’ best friend, as well a teacher.
He became addicted to drugs after taking prescription pain medication while recovering from his injuries.
The survivor later worked at an addiction treatment centre and travelled the US telling his story.
Mr Eubanks’ family says in a statement that he “lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face”, KMGH-TV reports.
The family added: “We thank the recovery community for its support. As you can imagine, we are beyond shocked and saddened and request that our privacy is respected at this time.”
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Mensline 1300 789 978, the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, or Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36.
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