Lakeside grad died last May of 'natural causes,' coroner rules

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A Columbia County coroner determined Wednesday the cause of death for a Martinez teen who died the day after her high school graduation in May.

Melanie Anne Elizabeth Garrison, 18, was found unresponsive in her bed by her parents on May 24, the day after she graduated from Lakeside High School.

“She died of natural causes,” Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.

Miss Garrison died from hypertension, cardiovascular artery disease and obesity.

Mr. Collins said Miss Garrison had spent the night after graduation with a friend and returned home May 24 while her father and stepmother were out.

Mr. Collins said he wanted to wait until lab results were in before determining Miss Garrison’s cause of death. Those results were only recently received and he signed Miss Garrison’s death certificate Wednesday.

“She was clean,” Mr. Collins said. “She had no drugs in her system at all.”

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 10/15/09 - 03:51 pm
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She must have been a big 'un.

She must have been a big 'un.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 10/15/09 - 04:06 pm
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Baron that was so wrong. I

Baron that was so wrong. I think you should burn in helllll for that comment you assssshole

pommom38
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pommom38 10/15/09 - 04:10 pm
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That was totally uncalled

That was totally uncalled for. Why do some of you come here and make such comments? You could have spent your time doing something productive instead of making such a crude remark. Doesn't matter her size, she was young and just graduated!! She had her whole life in front of her..

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 10/15/09 - 04:14 pm
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folks just to set the record

folks just to set the record straight was not I that made the comment it was the jackass baron. Oh and the Chronicle Jackass is in the oldest book in the world. So there is no reason why to remove my post because a jackass said a crude comment

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DEVGRU 10/15/09 - 05:16 pm
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This is a sad situation. It

This is a sad situation. It is very important to seek medical care if you are overweight to make sure there are not any underlying health issues causing it. 18 years old is a terribly young age to die from heart disease and obesity. If only she had been educated on the topics of nutrition and physical fitness.

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momma mia 10/15/09 - 05:29 pm
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How sad that a young life was

How sad that a young life was wasted because of preventable conditions like obesity which likely caused the cardiovascular disease and hypertension.

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andywarhol 10/15/09 - 05:52 pm
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Very sad. I don't know the

Very sad. I don't know the family, but I bet there was a teacher and an enabler to her condition. If this is true, I'm sorry to rub salt in her family's wounds, but an 18 year old didn't just do this to herself.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 10/15/09 - 05:52 pm
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I saw this at Walmart today.

I saw this at Walmart today. Kinda fits the occasion: http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/?p=5181

andywarhol
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andywarhol 10/15/09 - 06:24 pm
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You've gotta be kidding me!

You've gotta be kidding me! How was my first comment any different from Momma Mia's?

youbetcha
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youbetcha 10/15/09 - 06:32 pm
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First of all why did the

First of all why did the reporter even put anything else but natural causes? It is none of anyone's business the details!!!

MrAlwaysRight
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MrAlwaysRight 10/15/09 - 06:45 pm
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AW: Protected group.

AW: Protected group.

anotherday
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anotherday 10/15/09 - 06:49 pm
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While I do not know what was

While I do not know what was said in the posts that were removed, I know this child's mother and this was devastating for the whole family and friends. People, have some class and know you do not know all of the facts other than what the A/C prints.
RIP!!!! Peace to the family and friends involved in this tragedy.

pommom38
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pommom38 10/15/09 - 07:00 pm
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Oh stop! All of you and your

Oh stop! All of you and your group scenario's.. If it was deleted, then good, you obviously wrote meaningless stuff.
momma didn't post anything cruel, obscene, or rude. She basically used the same terminology as the reporter.

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mythoughts2 10/15/09 - 07:22 pm
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News Flash..Melaine had only

News Flash..Melaine had only gained weight recently ,so momma mia, this was a new condition. Heart disease runs in her family, nothing preventable there. Melaine's death is beyond tragic, and should be treated with respect. I dont care what is printed in ink, doesn't make it true. One of the VERY true statements is Melanie did not have drugs in her system, Thank God that is settled, cause Lord knows people ran with that, however unture it was. You never know when something tragic & unexpected may happen in your family, so please people, think how you would feel before you post anything. Melianie's family & friends are still grieving very much & hurt each day. Melaine was one of a kind and is missed more than words can describe by those who truly loved her.

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corgimom 10/15/09 - 07:33 pm
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How sad it is to have heart

How sad it is to have heart disease and pass away at 18.

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sassygirl12 10/15/09 - 09:20 pm
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this is so sad..may god

this is so sad..may god continue to bless her family...and for you idiots that keep making jokes about this, you just remember that one day it could be you, or even a member of your own family.

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wandag 10/15/09 - 10:01 pm
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As Melanie's stepmother, I

As Melanie's stepmother, I can tell you ignorant people making remarks, that Melanie was educated in nutrition and physical fitness. Her grandfather has had open heart surgery, and is NOT overweight. Her sister and father have high blood pressure. Heart disease runs in families, and yes, Melanie was a little overweight, but not extremely. As a matter of fact, she had lost some weight in the last few months of her life. People who make cruel remarks are heartless, evil beings who have no feelings for others. I hope that those who make these remarks feel good about themselves and can sleep at night.

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scubagirl 10/15/09 - 10:10 pm
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The pictures I had seen of

The pictures I had seen of this young lady didn't look to me like she was overweight at all. The bottom line is that she was someone's daughter who was loved and is missed terribly today. My sympathy goes out to her family. Wadag, for your own sake, I wouldn't even read or respond to any of these rude comments. You and your family are going through enough without having to worry about all of these insensitive idiots.

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soldout 10/15/09 - 10:50 pm
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I don't know if more young

I don't know if more young people are dying from natural causes in this generation than the ones before or not or if we just hear more about it in this information age. If there is a pattern it would be good to know. Even if we knew the causes that doesn't mean the incidents would reduce. Our best option is to pray for and comfort those with the loss, set a good example for our own children and pray over them ever day.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 10/15/09 - 10:59 pm
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Why are comments removed when

Why are comments removed when they in now way, shape, or form violate the stated comments policy?

wandag
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wandag 10/15/09 - 11:52 pm
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baronvonrich, probably

baronvonrich, probably because the comments were rude, offensive, or hurtful, and momma mia, obesity was not the cause of the cardiovascular disease. I stated in my above post the heart disease runs on my husband's side of the family, as does diabetes. People like you who make remarks based on something you don't know anything about are heartless, since you obviously don't care if the families who are already hurting read your cruel remarks. What if this were your own child? Would you like people making remarks like that?

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amynchris 10/16/09 - 06:22 am
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You people are heartless. Do

You people are heartless. Do you know what her family is going through? She was a beautiful young girl. I hope her family can reach closure now. For people to be rude about someones life is just sickening...

So much for brotherly love... no wonder the world is going to hell.

My prayers are with Melanies family. God be with you through this and help you heal. Not everyone is heartless.... overlook the ignorance.
Amy

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k8ee 10/16/09 - 08:36 am
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as Melanie's mother I implore

as Melanie's mother I implore that everyone cease to make comments about my daughter's untimely passing. It is truly heartbreaking to see just 1 negative comment.

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MelaniesFather 10/16/09 - 03:12 pm
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I want to thank all those who

I want to thank all those who prayed and wished us well during the past few months. Your prayers and thoughts were felt and appreciated. We have many wonderful friends and I thank my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for each of you. Melanie had many friends that loved her and she loved them. May God bless you as he has blessed Melanie's family.

Jim Garrison

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