University of Minnesota Fraternity Member Died Due To Alcohol Poisoning

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Mitchell Hoenig, 20-year-old University of Minnesota student, died in late February due to alcohol poisoning. Hoenig’s death was reportedly caused by drinking excessive amounts of alcohol during a night of partying.

Hoenig, a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and a College of Biological Sciences Dean’s List honoree, was hospitalized Friday, February 23 and died two days later from complications of alcohol poisoning. Reports indicate that Hoenig’s night began at official sorority events and ended in a Dinkytown apartment. Furthermore, cocaine use was a contributing factor in Hoenig’s death.

According to reports from the Minnesota Daily, Hoenig attended two Gamma Phi sorority events on the Thursday night before his death.

Following his cardiac arrest on February 23, Hoenig was placed on life support for the next two days and before being pronounced dead on February 25 at 12:41 p.m.

via Minnesota Daily:

Hoenig then attended a Gamma Phi date party at Sawyers on 5th in the Lumber Exchange Event Center in downtown Minneapolis from about 9 to 11 p.m., according to sources and photos taken at the event.

Between the pre-party and the date party, attendees were required to check in at the Gamma Phi sorority house. Those under 21 were supposed to receive black Xs on their hands, and those over 21 were supposed to receive wristbands, according to Gamma Phi members and date party attendees.

He was drinking at the pre-party, one Gamma Phi member said, along with other minors, according to two members and a date party attendee. Hoenig also had access to alcohol at the date party, according to photos and a Gamma Phi member, but it’s unclear if he drank there.

An ambulance called to The Marshall apartment building in Dinkytown, 515 14th Ave. SE, at 5:18 a.m. transported Hoenig to the Hennepin County Medical Center. The Minnesota Daily was unable to confirm Hoenig’s activities between the Greek events and ambulance call.

Hoenig, who was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and a College of Biological Sciences Dean’s List honor’s student, was an organ donor. According to Hoenig’s sister, a 67-year-old man received his heart, a 66-year-old man received his lungs, a 63-year-old man received his liver, a 44-year-old man received his pancreas and one of his kidneys and an 11-year-old girl received his other kidney.

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