KAMLOOPS — The family of Christopher Seguin, the Thompson Rivers University vice president who passed away suddenly last month, has confirmed his death was caused by an accidental overdose.
Seguin died on September 22 in a Victoria hospital.
Initial statements relayed by TRU reported Seguin had been admitted to hospital, critically ill.
In a statement emailed to media, Seguin's family says his death was caused by "an accidental overdose that occurred in his hotel room."
The statement goes on to say the cause of his death "in no way diminishes Christopher as a loving husband and father as well as a cherished son, brother, and friend to all who knew him."
It adds the family's appreciation for "the kind gestures of many friends" since his death, and invites "anyone who knew Christopher" to a celebration of life planned for Saturday, October 14.
Seguin left behind a wife and two young children.
The statement was released in an effort to counter incorrect information that had circulated since his death.
Full text of the statement from Christopher Seguin's family:
On behalf of the Seguin family…
Christopher Seguin passed away on September 22, 2017 in hospital due to an accidental overdose that occurred in his hotel room. This in no way diminishes Christopher as a loving husband and father as well as a cherished son, brother, and friend to all who knew him.
Christopher’s passion and the boundless energy which he used to help improve the lives of others are the stories that deserve our focus. He worked tirelessly with many organizations and his efforts were recognized by the Province of British Columbia through a BC Community Achievement Award in 2015 and all who knew him could vouch for his compassion and breadth of public service.
While our family had hoped that our privacy would be respected, we choose not to dwell on our deep pain and sorrow and encourage all to remember Christopher through times shared together. We can all treasure his smiling face and warm embrace at gatherings dedicated to the betterment of others.
Our family appreciates the kind gestures of many friends towards us at this difficult time and we encourage anyone who knew Christopher to attend a celebration of life at 1:00 pm this coming Saturday (October 14) at the Calvary Community Church. In lieu of flowers you can best express your condolences and honour Christopher's memory by donating to a trust fund for his two young children which is available at any Kamloops CIBC branch.
The family will be making no further statements.
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