MED EXAMINER: JOYCE DIED OF PENTOBARBITAL OVERDOSE
By Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 5, 2018....Former Sen. Brian Joyce died of an overdose of a drug that is typically used to treat insomnia, but medical examiners were not able to determine whether his death was the result of an accident or a suicide.
Joyce, 56, who spent almost two decades as a state representative and senator, was awaiting trial after leaving the Senate in 2016 while under federal investigation for corruption when he was found dead at his Westport home in September.
The cause of Joyce's death was "acute pentobarbital intoxication," according to a spokesman for the state's Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, which oversees the Office of the Medical Examiner.
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