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UofL changes drug-testing policy for cheerleaders following student's death

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After the coroner's office revealed that a lethal combination of drugs led to a University of Louisville cheerleader's death, the school announced that spirit team members will now be subject to the same random drug testing as other student-athletes.

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On the morning of June 28, Dani Cogswell, 22, was found dead in a unit at the Cardinal Towne apartment complex. The university released the following statement Thursday afternoon after the Jefferson County Coroner's office said that a combination of Xanax, heroin and amphetamines led to her death. 

"We're saddened by the coroner's report and the circumstances surrounding Dani's death. We have continued to provide support for our spirit team members as they have worked through their grief. In addition, over the past year we have been working to ensure that the spirit teams have access to all of the services and benefits that are available to other student athletes. We have a planned meeting with the spirit teams at which time we will notify them that they will have access to those services which include academic and counseling services along with sports medicine which oversees the drug testing program." 

Christine Simatacolos 
Associate Athletics Director for Student Life

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