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Coroner: Circus worker died of drug overdose

Updated: November 13, 2012 6:28AM



ST. CHARLES — Toxicology reports show that a circus employee who died at the Kane County Fairgrounds had cocaine, heroin and alcohol in his system. The Kane County Coroner’s office has ruled 22-year-old Casey Walker’s death an accidental overdose, St. Charles police said Thursday.

Police were called to the fairgrounds at about 3:50 a.m. Aug. 18 for a report that a circus employee was unconscious in his trailer. Walker, of North Carolina, was found slumped over his dresser in the bedroom, police said.

Walker’s roommates and officers performed CPR on Walker, police said. Paramedics transported Walker to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where he was pronounced dead at 5 a.m.

Witnesses told police they had noticed a bump on Walker’s forehead earlier in the night. A witness also said she saw a metal pipe accidentally fall on Walker’s forehead several hours before he was found in his trailer. An autopsy was conducted but no apparent cause of death was initially discovered.

Police said Walker was drinking alcohol with his fellow Piccadilly Circus workers earlier that night. There were no signs of a struggle. On Thursday, police said toxicology report from the state crime lab showed high traces of cocaine, heroin, and alcohol in Walker’s system.



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