A survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, has died. He was 37.
Austin Eubanks, 37, was found at his Steamboat Springs home on Saturday morning. There were no signs of foul play and an autopsy is scheduled Monday to determine the cause of death.
Eubanks’ family said in a statement to local ABC affiliate KMGH that he “lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face. Helping to build a community of support is what meant the most to Austin, and we plan to continue his work.”
Eubanks struggled with opioid addiction after the shooting and later became a public speaker discussing the issues of substance abuse in the country, according to his website. From his Twitter account, it appears he last spoke at the 2019 Connecticut Opioid and Prescription Drug Prevention Conference on May 2.
Eubanks was 17 at the time of the Columbine shooting, according to KMGH.
He was in the library with his friends, trying to decide whether they were going to go fishing or play golf after school, when they heard the sound of gunshots.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the cause and manner of his death.