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OU senior died of alcohol and fentanyl intoxication in August

An Ohio University senior died of alcohol and fentanyl intoxication in August, according to his death certificate.

Aaron Freund, 23, from Anderson Township, died Aug. 25. His death was an accident due to self-inflicted intoxication at 74 E. State St., according to the certificate. Freund was transported to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, where he died.

Freund was a senior in the College of Business and a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Freund is one of two OU students who died this semester. Collin Wiant, 18, a freshman from Dublin, died Nov. 12

Wiant was found unresponsive in an off-campus apartment that is allegedly an unofficial annex of Sigma Pi’s Epsilon chapter. Wiant’s certificate shows that his cause of death is pending investigation. In a 911 call obtained by The Post via a public records request, one of his peers said he “drank a little too much” prior to his death.

The OU chapter of Sigma Pi was issued a cease and desist letter by the university following Wiant’s death. Wiant was a recent pledge to the fraternity, according to a previous Post report.

Martha Compton, director of the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility, said in the letter that the office “has received information which alleges that (the fraternity) has engaged in conduct that puts the health and safety of (its) members at risk and is not in compliance with the behavioral expectations set out in the (OU) Student Code of Conduct.”

Sigma Pi may not meet in any capacity — official or unofficial — or communicate by any means, and was required to submit a list of all members to the office. 

The Athens Police Department is investigating Wiant’s death, and the university is cooperating with the investigation.


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