Coroner: Man hallucinating in Brooklyn club may have died of drug-related causes

News-DemocratMay 7, 2014 

The death of a St. Louis man who hallucinated before dying last weekend may have been drug-related, officials said.

Jason Jordan, 30, of St. Louis, was in the Pink Slip nightclub in Brooklyn Saturday when he began experiencing hallucinations and became combative, according to a release from the Madison County Coroner's Office.

Jordan was escorted out by club security, and Brooklyn Police then detained him until an ambulance arrived. He was agitated and confused when he arrived at Gateway Regional Medical Center, where he stopped breathing and was resuscitated.

Jordan died the next morning in the intensive care unit.

While the autopsy did not show an anatomic cause of death, Jordan had a body temperature of 103 degrees and tested positive for PCP and Valium-type drugs.

Coroner Steve Nonn said he has "strong suspicion" that Jordan's death is related to "excited delirium."

"It's normally associated with people who have overdosed on cocaine or PCP," Nonn said, characterized by agitation, paranoia and an elevated body temperature and heart rate. The drugs cause an elevated level of dopamine, which can result in an accelerated heart rate and other physical dangers, especially if the patient has heart issues to begin with, Nonn said.

Nonn stressed that it was just a preliminary possible cause of death. Full toxicology testing will be necessary to determine the exact cause of Jordan's death, which is also under investigation by the Brooklyn Police Department.

Funeral services are pending.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 618-239-2507.

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