Yale Professor Died Of Drug Overdose

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Samuel See

Samuel See

NEW HAVEN — A Yale University professor found dead in a detention cell in November following his arrest in a domestic incident overdosed on methamphetamine and amphetamine, the medical examiner’s office said Monday.

Samuel See died of acute methamphetamine and amphetamine intoxication with recent myocardial infarction. His death was ruled an accident.

See was found unresponsive in a detention cell at 6 a.m. on Nov. 24. Court marshals performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until medics arrived. See, who was alone in his cell, was pronounced dead at 6:15 a.m.

See, an assistant professor of English and American studies, was on leave this semester.

New Haven police are investigating the circumstances of See’s death.

New Haven police responded to a domestic dispute at See’s home the evening of Nov. 23. Sunder Ganglani, 32, who identified himself as See’s husband, was at the home in violation of a protective order, police said.

Ganglani told police he was retrieving his belongings. He was charged with violating a protective order.

See told officers to remove Ganglani from his home, and officers reminded See that there was a protective order barring him from being near Ganglani, police said.

See became enraged and yelled that he shouldn’t be arrested because he was in his own home, then fought with officers who tried handcuffing him, police said.

“I will kill you. … I will destroy you,” See allegedly yelled at an officer as he was led to a police car.

See suffered a cut above his right eye when he and the officers fell during the arrest, police said. He was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital and was then released to New Haven police.

Officers took him to the detention facility. He was charged with violating a protective order, interfering with police and second-degree threatening.

Judicial marshals spoke with See, who was alone in his cell, during routine checks throughout the night, police said. He was found unresponsive the next morning.

On his faculty website, See wrote that his scholarship focuses on British and American modernist literature and sexuality studies.

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