A tragic accident?

I wouldn’t normally mention death, thinking that it is best to leave people to mourn in peace, but the headline of this article about the death of Cory Monteith, one of the stars of Glee, caught my eye:

Monteith’s death ruled a ‘tragic accident’

The coroner found that Mr. Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.

Heroin and alcohol are two things which, taken in sufficient quantity separately, can kill you. Together the likelihood is much higher, and fatal in this particular case.

If you take both, though you may not intend to harm yourself, isn’t that a bit like driving your car really fast toward a wall? You might not die, but the chances are pretty good.

Yes this is tragic. But I’m not sure how much of an accident you can really consider this. People don’t accidentally take heroin and alcohol.

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