IIT student died from inhaling nitrous oxide

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The 19-year-old Illinois Institute of Technology student who was found dead in a fraternity house on campus Saturday died from inhaling a gas used to dispense whipped cream and as a dental anesthetic, a medical ...

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rosco

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#52
Nov 28, 2008
 
Grateful Mark wrote:
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YEAH!
Lets make sure to ban refined sugar, trans fats, all caffeine delivery systems, Liquid Paper and the worst mind altering drug of all....television.
Then society will be safe.
When people do foolish acts its not their fault, its the products fault.

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#53
Nov 28, 2008
 
rosco wrote:
<quoted text> When people do foolish acts its not their fault, its the products fault.
That is either an extremely witty retort or you are the world's biggest idiot.
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Dec 4, 2008
 
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This is a very sad case for sure -- but I have never heard of any one, ever, huffing nitrous oxide to commit suicide. It's done to get high, not suicide.(A person doesn't die from nitrous oxide gas per se. It is not toxic -- The person usually dies from pure asphyxiation. But if inhaling from a canister, he would likely pass out, drop the canister, start breating room air, and revive.) Umless he/they rigged up a mask contraption or a bag over the head, this case still seems mysterious. This was most likely a mishap and not suicide. The question is still, however, was he alone or was he getting high with others at the time.
I'm waiting for Nancy Grace to switch gears and start harping on this one for a few years....
Not saying the NO was the instrument of suicide but something to assist in it. Get high put bag on head keep getting high to the point of passing out then suffocate.
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Dec 5, 2008
 
IIT alum wrote:
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Not saying the NO was the instrument of suicide but something to assist in it. Get high put bag on head keep getting high to the point of passing out then suffocate.
Well anything is possible but this seems terribly improbable. It seems like a bad accident. I have never, ever heard of anyone intentionally trying to commit suicide by using nitrous oxide, with a bag or mask or whatnot. Most people wouldn't go for such a complex method, which may or not work and could simply leave the person brain damaged. This boy was likely just using it like everyone else, trying to get a buzz.

The question is still 'was he alone?'

Maybe the police or the coroner will eventually issue a decent report, assuming, of course, that Mayor Daley hasn't just leased out their functions to a private company somewhere, in which case we'll be waiting a long, long time....
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Mar 30, 2009
 
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My condolence to the family and friends of Benjamin Collen, but his death ruled an accident. From the article, No disciplinary action would be taken against the fraternity by its national leadership because Collen's death was an accident, McCulloch said Monday. From dictionary.com , an accident is an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap. Inhaling whippets it not an accident, there's more to this story.
You're an idiot.
There's a term called context- He didn't commit suicide, it what the article meant.
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#57
Oct 14, 2010
 
Yes, people DO commit suicide with nitrous oxide. They tie a bag over their head with a tube from a gas tank going up into the bag. They lie down and turn on the tank. Bag fills with gas and replaces oxygen. They pass out in a few seconds and die in about 5 minutes. Their body shakes as they die. It is painless. Yes, only 5 minutes to die, and a lifetime of suffering for their loved ones who are left behind. Please do not do this. Get help. Tell your family.
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#58
Oct 19, 2010
 
Linda BB wrote:
Yes, people DO commit suicide with nitrous oxide. They tie a bag over their head with a tube from a gas tank going up into the bag. They lie down and turn on the tank. Bag fills with gas and replaces oxygen. They pass out in a few seconds and die in about 5 minutes. Their body shakes as they die. It is painless. Yes, only 5 minutes to die, and a lifetime of suffering for their loved ones who are left behind. Please do not do this. Get help. Tell your family.
I found your post and want to confirm to anyone who is reading this that, indeed, nitrous oxide is used as a method of suicide. Like Linda said, it, and any form of suicide, causes a LIFETIME of suffering and crippling for those who are left alive and cared about that loved one...
schwein hundert

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#59
Nov 17, 2010
 
Death by nitrous is the best method. Go out laughing! I've done it lots of times.
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Jun 3, 2011
 
This story was on a new series called 48 Hours Missing, just last night. The series sucks but this story was so sad. It appears to me that Ben was lonely and depressed after being kicked out of the frat house. He sneaked back in and commited suicide there. If he simply wanted to get high there's lots of places to do that. But to go back to his beloved frat house that he was banned from = suicide imo.

He obviously had a very very bad substance abuse problem (nitrous) and needed intervention. Too bad he didn't get help for his problem. He sounded like a very smart guy who the world could have benifited by his being in it. His parents seemed like good parents too. Such a loss.
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Jun 21, 2011
 
I Hoped Since Watching Missing Persons, First 48... The Family Of Benjamin Collen Was Upset Since Disappearance Then Death
Cranberry Lady

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Jun 21, 2011
 
I am so sorry for the families loss.
Forlorn mother

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Mar 5, 2012
 
My 25 year old son took his own life by NO2 and left total devestation behind. We are still grieving and probably always will. Terrible waste.
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Jun 1, 2012
 
Forlorn mother wrote:
My 25 year old son took his own life by NO2 and left total devestation behind. We are still grieving and probably always will. Terrible waste.
My son did also, April 21, 2012. It's not that uncommon unfortunately.
Devastated Mom

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#65
Jan 4, 2014
 
My only son took his life by using Nitrous Oxide with a bag over his head on Nov. 13, 2013. I cannot get over it. He was 52 y.o. and had the whole world at his fingertips. He had 3 children and did not appear to outwardly show any signs of doing this. He got drunk first but had it all planned out. Please, if anyone is thinking of suicide in any form, please think of the emotional devastation that you leave behind.

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