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Medical Examiner Rules Death Of Zach Hemmila Due To Pain Killers, Xanax

The cause of death of former Arizona Wildcat offensive lineman Zach Hemmila has been reported.

Zach Hemmila, former redshirt senior offensive lineman for the Arizona Wildcats, passed away in his sleep on August 7 of this year. The Pima Co. medical examiner ruled his cause of death an accident, due to the combined toxic effects of a painkiller (oxymorphone) and Xanax:

As a recruit from Chandler High School, Hemmila was a significant commit for Arizona. The former four-star guard was one of two blue-chip players to join Rich Rodriguez’s first recruiting class at Arizona. He was also the highest rated in-state recruit in Arizona's 2012 signing class.

The day after Hemmila's passing, Rodriguez said that he had a conversation with Hemmila a few days prior. From Tucson.com:

“The only thought on my mind right now is with Zach Hemmila’s family,” Rodriguez said, fighting back tears. “We lost a great young man. Everybody in our program is hurting.”

Hemmila was 22 years old.