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Gay Yale Professor Died Of Drug Overdose After Altercation With Husband

On November 24, 2013, openly gay Yale University english professor Samuel See died. Now, a report released by medical examiners has revealed that the cause of death was a drug overdose. Joe.My.God. posted the report which details not only See's death but the rather mysterious events surrounding it.

SamuelseeThe report reads:

See died of acute methamphetamine and amphetamine intoxication with recent myocardial infarction. His death was ruled an accident. See was found unresponsive in a detention cell at 6 a.m. on Nov. 24. Court marshals performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until medics arrived. See, who was alone in his cell, was pronounced dead at 6:15 a.m. See, an assistant professor of English and American studies, was on leave this semester. New Haven police are investigating the circumstances of See's death. New Haven police responded to a domestic dispute at See's home the evening of Nov. 23. Sunder Ganglani, 32, who identified himself as See's husband, was at the home in violation of a protective order, police said.

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  1. Tina kills.

    Posted by: TheSupremes | Jan 8, 2014 6:47:33 PM

  2. So sad, meth has devastated our community.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 8, 2014 6:51:21 PM

  3. No sympathy from me for someone ODing on crystal meth.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 8, 2014 6:55:20 PM

  4. Joseph, hon, you sorta forgot to include the most important fact of the story, which is that he died while in police custody. The coroner's report helps inform the question of whether it was police brutality.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 8, 2014 7:04:08 PM

  5. Sam (aka Rick) you're a certified sociopath. Take your lack of either sympathy and empathy elsewhere.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 8, 2014 7:07:46 PM

  6. Meth. Don't even try it guys.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 8, 2014 7:47:49 PM

  7. Wouldn't a level of intoxication great enough to cause death be noticeable when he was arrested?

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 8, 2014 7:48:10 PM

  8. I'll never understand why people with so much going for them (tenure at one of the best universities in the world, for one) can just throw it all away for instant 'gratification' with drugs. I wonder if anyone close to him knew that he needed psychiatric help.

    Posted by: Sergio | Jan 8, 2014 7:49:41 PM

  9. "No sympathy from me for someone ODing on crystal meth."
    - thanks for letting us know you're an arsehole

    Posted by: danswon | Jan 8, 2014 7:53:39 PM

  10. "See was found unresponsive in a detention cell"
    That line seems pretty clear that he was in police custody. So many in this case seem to jump to the conclusion that there was mistreat by the police. There is simply no evidence of that. Just another apparently smart and talented person, who is dumb enough to waste their lives on a drug like meth.

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Jan 8, 2014 7:55:40 PM

  11. Homophobes in police murdered him and now try to cover it up!

    Posted by: litper | Jan 8, 2014 7:58:31 PM

  12. The title of this article seems to suggest it is suicide while the article says it was ruled as an "accident". Pretty confusing.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 8, 2014 8:12:22 PM

  13. @BobN,

    I immediately thought the same thing. Not only the police but the hospital / EMT staff who treated him for his injury. It should have been apparent from his appearance and vitals he was on meth, and he should at least have been closely monitored for his safety.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 8, 2014 8:20:42 PM

  14. The dead prof was a "queer theorist." Like any higher-up in a religious cult, he thought himself morally superior to others and was quick to make sweeping judgments about everyone in the world. His professional writings consisted of judging other and making unsubstantiated assertions about the nature of gay and straight people.

    But while he was scowling at the benighted masses of heteronormative proles, he was meth user and a perpetrator of domestic violence. No televangelist could hold a candle to a queer academic when it comes to rank hypocrisy.

    "Queer" theorists, "queer" academics, and "queer" activists are anti-gay. They do not believe in equality for LGBs and indeed they view LGBs as inherently marginal beings, destined to be forever in conflict with their families and communities. We should feel no grief when one of them leaves this mortal coil and thus can do no further harm to gay people.

    Posted by: KidJ/NYU | Jan 8, 2014 8:35:45 PM

  15. I don't understand why he was in prison if his husband was at his home in violation of a protective order.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 8, 2014 8:39:50 PM

  16. Towleroad comments used to give us insight to the diverse readership of this great site... now it's looking like the gay national Enquire readership. My mother used to say... "if you can not say anything good about something... don't say it!"

    More important,use common sense before calling people names and wait until the facts are available.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin the bleacher Preacher | Jan 8, 2014 8:45:30 PM

  17. It is even more confusing how he carried all those drugs into the detention cell.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 8, 2014 8:45:56 PM

  18. Nah not homophobes, just comments on a situation that was domestic, almost accused the ex husband despite mega drug taking being involved, get a grip people - how is this news?

    Posted by: Gordon | Jan 8, 2014 8:51:11 PM

  19. I like the 'news article' being attached to an advert for 'indulge'

    Posted by: Gordon | Jan 8, 2014 8:53:03 PM

  20. I like the 'news article' being attached to an advert for 'indulge'

    Posted by: Gordon | Jan 8, 2014 8:53:05 PM

  21. Nothing sad about this. This highly educated man was stupid enough to take a highly addictive drug that wrecks your life. No sympathy for him. Sad would have been if he died in a car crash, plane crash, or any ACCIDENT!!!. This wasn't an accident.

    I love how people make unfounded leaps about police brutality but don't make the same unfounded leaps that he was a regular drug user. It shows that you live in a sad and bigoted world that you believe everyone is out to get the gays.

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 8, 2014 8:57:48 PM

  22. @PERRY, you are making unfounded leaps, yourself, since you don't know all of the details. I don't know, and neither do you. )Though, if neglect/brutality/mishandling weren't an issue, how did he die of a drug overdose while in custody? Either he brought them in, or he was unconscious when he was incarcerated.) Moreover, you, and the rest of the creeps on here, should be ashamed of yourselves for cavalier attitude toward this man's death. Any death is sad, in general and to those who are left behind. Whether he chose to do drugs, got hit by a car, committed suicide or died of old age in bed, death and loss are sad. Making light of that or trying to encroach on the mourning of those who knew him and those who simply have compassion is reprehensible. You should be ashamed or yourself. Go to tell this man's mother or husband that his death is not sad. See if your opinion does not change.

    Posted by: macguffin54 | Jan 8, 2014 9:22:30 PM

  23. There could have also been an underlying heart issue that brought on the myocardial infarction, aside from the powerful drug ingestion. Sad story all around .

    Posted by: greg | Jan 8, 2014 10:08:14 PM

  24. Once again, i have ZERO sympathy for people who use drugs and overdose. There are consequences to extremely irresponsible behavior.

    And I would have no problems telling his parents that his death is not sad nor tragic. It was completely preventable.

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 8, 2014 10:15:37 PM

  25. Ok, he was in cell for 24hours before ODing? Where did he get the drug from?

    Posted by: Moniker | Jan 8, 2014 10:29:26 PM

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