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Coroner says U of L cheerleader died of accidental overdose

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An accidental overdose: that's what the coroner says caused the death of a University of Louisville cheerleader.

Police found the body of Danielle Cogswell in an off-campus apartment on July 28. Toxicology results now available show she died of what will be ruled a "multi-drug intoxication." The deputy coroner handling the case could not say what specific drugs were found after an autopsy.

U of L spokesperson Mark Hebert says cheerleaders will now be subject to the same random drug testing as other athletes. Cheerleaders and other members of the "spirit" team previously were not under the policy.

Jefferson County Coroner Barbara Weakley-Jones told media that marijuana, heroin, amphetamine and Xanax were found in 22-year-old Danielle Cogswell's system.

Cogswell was 22 years old and was called one of the "elite-flyers" on the school's spirit team. The school said she came to U of L in 2013 from Arizona State University.

Cogswell was a native of the Seattle area. 

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