Inquest into University of Essex Student Death Finds Drug MDMA as Cause


The inquest into the death of a University of Essex student has heard that the individual in question had taken the drug MDMA prior to collapsing. Alexander William Chauvin was found unconscious at a house party near the University in mid-January. Efforts were made to save Chauvin, though he was eventually pronounced dead. An inquest has opened into his death. In this article, we cover this case. Read on.


The student was attending the University of Essex

Alexander Chauvin was a 20-year old student attending the University of Essex, where he studied Computer Science. The inquest heard that Chauvin attended a house party on January 14 in Colchester, Essex. Prior to attending the party, he took some of the drug MDMA. During the evening in question, Chauvin was found unconscious. Parademics were called. Once they arrived, they attempted CPR, though Chauvin was eventually pronounced dead in the early hours of the morning.




A postmortem examination in the aftermath of the death found MDMA toxicity as the preliminary cause of death. MDMA, also known as ecstasy, is infamous due to the fact that the drug has no approved medical purpose. It is primarily used for recreational purposes, and can act as a stimulant. Yet it is highly-addictive, and can lead to death due to the increased body temperature and dehydration associated with the drug. When combined with alcohol – another substance that dehydrates an individual – it can prove particularly lethal. Unfortunately, it is a highly-popular recreational drug to use.


Efforts were made to save the student


Chauvin was originally from Tonbridge, Kent prior to University. His funeral was held on February 2 in Tonbridge. A Just Giving fundraising page was set up after his death. The page mentions that donations were being sought for Medecins Sans Frontieres (UK) – a charity emanating from France that provides emergency medical care worldwide to people affected by conflict and disasters. The page noted he was a ‘kind and caring’ young man. His belief in humanity was the motivation for donations to be sent to the charity.




The fundraising page has received over £2,300 in donations so far – ensuring a positive legacy has been left behind by Chauvin. This was despite the £250 that had originally been sought by the family – again a positive sign. It is unfortunate that an event like this could happen, and is the latest in a long list of cases that shows drugs have the ability to have a fatal impact on anyone.





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