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Drug Cocktail led to Ryan Gracie's death

    Fri, 2008-02-22 01:29 — Bevois

    Friday, February 22, 2008
    by Gleidson Venga

    The first report on the death of Ryan Gracie states that he died due to a combination of illegal drugs and prescription medication.

    Two months after his body was found in a Sao Paulo jail cell, the "Fantastico" television program on Rede Globo in Brazil cited a toxicology report conducted by experts that indicated Gracie had consumed marijuana and cocaine. He also had the following anti-anxiety medications in his system: Midazolam, Alprazolan, Prometazina, Clozapine and Haloperidol.

    The medications were given in therapeutic doses, according to the official report. Yet official investigator Paulo D'Amico Jr. said it was the combination of drugs, not their measurement, that caused Gracie's death. D'Amico explained that the drug cocktail affected Gracie's heart and also noted the fighter's history of dependence.

    Psychiatrist Sabino de Farias Neto administered the medication.

    "For 31 years I have treated patients who use marijuana, cocaine, [alcohol]," Neto said. "And use medications exactly at this level."

    Psychiatrist Marcelo de Mello, who had no connection to the case, commented during the "Fantastico" program's report on the effects of several drugs in the body.

    "The thing you will notice is the amount of drugs that were used at the same time," Mello said. "One interacts with the other, which can increase the number of side effects. In this case, especially the heart. The heart may start to knock off the pace, [beat] more seriously -- it can lead to cardiac arrest."

    The use of cocaine can exacerbate the situation. Furthermore, problems were likely compounded when Gracie left the Legal Medical Institute and returned to jail.

    Dr. Neto visited him inside the cell.

    "And in jail he gave more medicines to Ryan," said Flavia Gracie, Ryan's sister. "At the time of leaving, he took a remedy out of his pocket and said, 'Ryan, if you need it in the middle of the night. This is one of mine.'"

    The official cause of death, based on an analysis of the toxicology report, is expected in the next week. The investigator, D'Amico Jr., will wait for official disclosure before he decides whether to implicate the doctor for homicide without intent to kill or even intentional murder.

    "Dr. [Neto] took the risk of causing Ryan's death in those conditions where he was," D'Amico Jr. said.

    Lazarini Pedro Neto, the doctor's lawyer, denies the guilt of his client.

    "I am distressed, anxious, [because of] this report," Dr. Neto said. "It is sad because I went there to save lives."

    lorenzodamarith's picture

    hello,

    that is quite an assortment of "party favors" in his system. does anyone know if the narcotics were taken before or after the pharmaceuticals?

    this may be one of the things the investigator is trying to determine with regard to whether or not to prosecute the doctor.

    lousy way to go.

    thanks

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    KibunInc's picture

    I am sorry for what happened and I know the gracies and the doctor are going through hard times. But I must say that people should not be doing cocaine and getting into fights and stealing motorcyles? This by no means is ment as an excuse for what happened but this all could have been avoided by keeping oneself under control.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    KibunInc;19580 wrote:
    I must say that people should not be doing cocaine and getting into fights and stealing motorcyles?

    hello,

    well..... there go all of THIS weekend's plans. hahahahahahahahaha!!!

    outside of this particular event, was ryangracie known to have an addictive personality or to have destructive habits? did anyone see it coming?

    thanks

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    KibunInc's picture

    lorenzodamarith;19597 wrote:
    hello,

    well..... there go all of THIS weekend's plans. hahahahahahahahaha!!!

    outside of this particular event, was ryangracie known to have an addictive personality or to have destructive habits? did anyone see it coming?

    thanks

    Yes unfortunetaly he had a reputation for getting in trouble. This does not justify the what happened to him but he has been in trouble before.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    KibunInc;19636 wrote:
    Yes unfortunetaly he had a reputation for getting in trouble. This does not justify the what happened to him but he has been in trouble before.

    hello,

    just sometimes wonder why everyone will get into eachothers business at work, or in relationships or whatever, but when someone is in the process of dying....

    THEN suddenly everyone wants to respect privacy and "let them handle it"?

    not sure how admirable it is to watch a sibling or parent or child begin meltdown and do nothing to save them. it must be hard, but isn't it worth doing?

    too bad.

    thanks

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    KibunInc's picture

    lorenzodamarith;19656 wrote:
    hello,

    just sometimes wonder why everyone will get into eachothers business at work, or in relationships or whatever, but when someone is in the process of dying....

    THEN suddenly everyone wants to respect privacy and "let them handle it"?

    not sure how admirable it is to watch a sibling or parent or child begin meltdown and do nothing to save them. it must be hard, but isn't it worth doing?

    too bad.

    thanks

    Very true. When I was younger I had several friends commit suicide but in my stupid teenage years I was not smart enough to see the signs or help.

    I see death all too much and is probably the reason for the stupid jokes I make about things sometimes. I learned a long time ago it is easier to laugh at something then cry.

    Although I am sure people saw the demons which tormented Ryan Gracie it would take a very close friend to be able to talk to him and they may have for all we know. If a person does not want help then there is not much we can do. I am sure the doctor did not want this to happen to Ryan and both the doctor and the gracies are going through hard times. I wish them both the best of luck.

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    lorenzodamarith's picture

    hello,

    ah, teens have not been taught the finer points of "seeing the signs" and acting on them.

    have noticed that the more dangerous the occupation, the more perverse the sense of humor becomes. something in the way of mental compensation, neh?

    well ryangracie... rip... we hope you found what you needed.

    thanks

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