37-Year-Old Columbine School Shooting Survivor and Addiction Advocate Is Found Dead at His Home 20 Years After Being Shot Twice During the Massacre and Becoming Hooked on Opioids

Austin Eubanks was found at his Steamboat Springs home on Saturday, there were no signs of foul play and an autopsy is scheduled next week to determine the cause of death.

Just a month ago, Eubanks told the DailyMail.com he spiraled into opioid and alcohol abuse as a way to numb the pain he felt from the tragic day. He was just a 17-year-old junior (pictured left) when the sound of gunshots began to ring out through the hallways of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado (pictured center). He was so unable to process the grief that he relied on a cocktail of powerful prescription painkillers to numb the agony. Eubanks, 37, (pictured right) described his difficult and inspirational journey to sobriety and of how he became a passionate advocate for fighting addiction. His devastated family said in a statement that he ‘lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face’. Adding: ‘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.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail