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Daniel William Michaels

Amphetamines, Xanax Killed SUNY Student

Amphetamines, Xanax

Killed SUNY Student

Daniel Michaels

ONEONTA – A final autopsy report, released by Oneonta Police, showed that “multiple drug toxicity” caused the Dec. 2 death of SUNY Oneonta freshman Daniel W. Michaels, 18.

The report determined the “manner of death was accident” by “mixed drug toxicity,” showing amphetamines, ethanol, alprazolam (Xanax) & marijuana.

The investigation into the death is continuing.

Investigation Into SUNY Student Death Leads To Drug Arrest

Investigation Into Student’s

Death Leads To Drug Arrests

ONEONTA – Two people living in the house where Daniel William Michaels died were arrested and charged with drug possession, according to Police Chief Doug Brenner.

Steven A. Fleming, 20, Levittown, and Luke J. Spencer, 20, were both arrested after a search warrant issued during the investigation into Michaels’ death allegedly turned up marijuana and cocaine in the residence at 34 Academy Street, where Michaels, who was not a resident of the address, was found unconscious on Saturday, Dec. 2.

SUNY Gathers To Mourn Loss Of Daniel William Michaels

SUNY Gathers To Mourn Loss

Of Daniel William Michaels

Above, Nearly 600 Students and staff of SUNY Oneonta gathered in the Hunt Union Ballroom this evening for a tearful Memorial Service for Daniel William Michaels, 18, who passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 3rd. At right, friends of Daniel find in each other as they look at his photo at the close of the evening. Pastor Peter Derway of Catholic Campus Ministries led the memorial that included readings from friends and fraternity brothers.  “He will always be in each of us.” said Derway, “If you look around you can still see signs of him, and it’s okay to acknowledge he is still around.” Following the service, students wrote memories and condolences that were collected in a large cross to be given to the family at a later date. To date, more that $17,000 has been raised for a scholarship in his name. (Ian Austin/

Police: Investigation Ongoing In SUNY Student Death

Police: Drug Mixture May

Have Led To Student’s Death

ONEONTA – Preliminary results have revealed that “multiple drugs,” including amphetamines and benzodiazepines, were found in Daniel William Michaels’ system as Oneonta Police continue to investigate the death of the 18 year old SUNY Oneonta student.

On Saturday, Dec. 2 at 12:05 a.m., police received a call for assistance at an apartment at 34 Academy Street. “Some students were looking for a friend at that house and when they went in, they saw Michaels unconscious on the sofa,” said Police Chief Doug Brenner. “They couldn’t wake him up, so alerted someone living in the house and called the police.”

SUNY Oneonta Mourns Death of Student

SUNY Oneonta Mourning

18-Year-Old Student’s Death

Daniel William Michaels (photo courtesy WKTV)

ONEONTA – An 18-year-old SUNY Oneonta student died early Saturday morning, according to an announcement made by President Nancy Kleniewski.

“I am profoundly saddened to inform you of the loss of a member of our campus community. Daniel William Michaels, a freshman from Dix Hills who was studying business economics, died early this morning. He was 18,” she wrote in a statement emailed to students Saturday morning.

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