LMPD: Death of UofL cheerleader being treated as suspected overdose


by WHAS11.com


Posted on July 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 4:05 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville Metro Police said they are treating the death of a UofL cheerleader as a suspected overdose.

Twenty-two-year-old Danielle Cogswell, a University of Louisville cheerleader, was found in Cardinal Towne, an off-campus student housing complex with ties to the university, around 9 a.m. on Monday, July 28.

"[There's] a lot of shock, disbelief and trying to understand what happened," Christine Simatocolos, Associate Athletic Director, said.

University officials said it would provide counseling services to students and staff who knew her.

They have also reached out to her family to offer condolences and support.

LMPD said they are still waiting on the toxicology report from the Kentucky Medical Examiner. The toxicology report may take from 60 to 90 days to be completed.

LMPD is conducting this as a death investigation only; there is no suspicion of foul play surrounding her death.

University officials also released the following statements:

James Ramsey, University of Louisville President:

“We are saddened by the loss of a member of the University of Louisville’s student family.  Our prayers and condolences go out to Dani’s family and friends and we will support them any way we can.”

Tom Jurich, Vice President / Director of Athletics:

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with Dani’s family and friends during this difficult time.  Our university is aiding our students and staff to provide counseling services to those who knew her.”

Todd Sharp, University of Louisville head coach / Spirit Teams Head Coach:

“The University of Louisville Spirit program is devastated to lose one of our beautiful and talented team members.  Dani had a contagious smile and a spirit that would ignite the room.  She will be greatly missed.”