British Columbia

Thompson Rivers University vice president killed by accidental drug overdose

Christopher Seguin, a vice president at Thompson Rivers University, passed away in hospital 11 days after he was found in a Victoria hotel room.

Christopher Seguin was found in a Victoria hotel room Sept. 11 and passed away eleven days later

Christopher Seguin in a CBC file photo dated January 2016. The family of a Thompson Rivers University vice president has confirmed he died of an accidental drug overdose. (Jenifer Norwell/CBC)

The family of a prominent man from Kamloops, B.C., who passed away last month has released a statement confirming he died from an accidental drug overdose.

Christopher Seguin, a vice president at Thompson Rivers University, was found in a Victoria hotel room on Sept. 11 and rushed to hospital. 

He died 11 days later.

The family hasn't released any additional details about what it was that killed Seguin.

An initial statement from Thompson Rivers University, quoting Seguin's family, reported that the 39-year-old had been admitted to hospital with a critical illness. 

According to Seguin's last Facebook post, he was in Victoria to speak to the new provincial government on behalf of TRU.

Seguin won a B.C. Community Achievement Award in 2015 for his volunteer work.

Before joining TRU in 2007, Seguin worked at Simon Fraser University as the school 's athletics advancement officer. 

He is a former SFU varsity football player.

The family statement says the circumstances of Seguin's death, "no way diminishes Christopher as a loving husband and father as well as a cherished son, brother and friend to all who know him."

A trust fund has been set up for his two young children and a celebration of life is planned for Oct. 14 in Kamloops.

With files from Doug Herbert