Autopsy reveals McKendree University student died of hypothermia

An autopsy has revealed that McKendree University student Kirk M. Jackson II, 19, who was found dead in Lebanon last month, died of hypothermia.

The autopsy was conducted on Jan. 20, St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye told the BND. The results, released on Monday, show that Jackson died of hypothermia outside of a house in the 100 block of Perryman Street.

According to FOX 2, Jackson was leaving a party that night. Dye told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he had a blood alcohol content about three times the legal limit to drive.

Jackson, of O’Fallon, Missouri, was listed as a player on the university’s 2018 men’s volleyball team. According to the roster, he was an accounting major who had come to McKendree from Fort Zumwalt West High School. There, he had set a school record for most kills in a season his junior year with 83 blocks and 17 aces, and earned All-Conference honors.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.