Ac­ci­den­tal over­dose blamed in TRU vice-pres­i­dent’s death

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

KAMLOOPS — The fam­ily of a Bri­tish Columbia univer­sity ex­ec­u­tive who died sud­denly last month says his death was caused by an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose.

Rel­a­tives of Christo­pher Seguin say in a state­ment that the 39-yearold man was taken to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing an over­dose in his ho­tel room in Vic­to­ria and died Sept. 22.

Seguin was vice-pres­i­dent of ad­vance­ment at Thomp­son Rivers Univer­sity in Kamloops.

The in­sti­tu­tion ini­tially re­ported he had been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with a crit­i­cal ill­ness.

The fam­ily state­ment says the cause of death doesn’t di­min­ish him as a lov­ing hus­band and fa­ther, and as a cher­ished son, brother and friend. Seguin, who was born in Pi­nawa, Man., leaves a wife and two young sons.

“Christo­pher's pas­sion and the bound­less en­ergy which he used to help im­prove the lives of oth­ers are the sto­ries that de­serve our fo­cus,” the state­ment said.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Seguin's life will be held in Kamloops on Saturday.

Seguin was a grad­u­ate of Kamloops High School and played var­sity foot­ball at Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity, where he earned a bach­e­lor's de­gree in lin­guis­tics.

At the time his death was an­nounced by Thomp­son Rivers Univer­sity, school pres­i­dent Alan Shaver said Seguin re­turned to Kamloops in 2007 as the univer­sity's vice-pres­i­dent of ad­vance­ment and helped the school set “fundrais­ing records vir­tu­ally ev­ery year of the last decade, gen­er­at­ing mil­lions of dol­lars for stu­dent awards, ground­break­ing re­search and ma­jor build­ings.”

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