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Drinking party preceded student’s death

Evanston police say tonight the Northwestern student found dead in his dorm room around noon on Tuesday had participated in an alcohol drinking party in the dorm the night before.

Police say fellow students helped Matthew S. Sunshine back to his room after the party. The students also reporteldy checked back on him during the night and reported he was sleeping fine.

But when a student checked on him again about 11:45 a.m., police said, Sunshine was unresponsive. Police and paramedics were called to the scene, but were unable to revive him.

A Cook County Medical Examiner’s office spokesman says an autopsy today determined that Sunshine died of accidental alcohol poisoning.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says the investigation remains open and that police are awaiting a full toxicology report from the medical examiner’s office.

Sunshine was a freshman in the School of Education and Social Policy from Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

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