Yesterday, LGBT blogs reported (including Bilerico) on the death of Lance Lundsten over the weekend and ascribed his death to bullying, saying it fell into a familiar pattern of anti-gay bullying leading to suicide.
Lundsten's father disagrees:
Mr Lundsten senior told KSAX that he had been told by the coroner that his son had an enlarged heart and died of a coronary edema. He added that there were no signs of drugs or alcohol in his son's system although the full results of the toxicology report have yet to be finalised.
A spokesman for the coroner's office declined to comment to KSAX TV.
Karen Ocamb said that the original KSAX article said, "the Sheriff's office confirmed that they believe his death was a suicide." The updated KSAX article says, "The Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the cause of Lundsten's death was yet to be determined." The coroner has not finished the autopsy or blood work and has not determined a cause of death.
The death is still tragic, but probably not for easily describable reasons with clear victims and oppressors. Does that make the death any less tragic? And if it didn't cause a suicide, is the anti-gay bullying his classmates insist he experienced any more acceptable?