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Family Of Marine Who Overdosed In Va. Hospital Wants Answers

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Lance Cpl. Ezequiel Freire died from an overdose while awaiting treatment at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.
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Lance Cpl. Ezequiel Freire died from an overdose while awaiting treatment at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.

Twenty-year-old Lance Cpl. Ezequiel Freire died after downing a toxic cocktail of narcotics and sedatives on Feb. 13 in a Portsmouth, Va., hospital. The Virginian-Pilot reports Freire was awaiting chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.

A hospital official says Freire's death prompted a string of investigations that have resulted in corrective actions. Officials conducting a naval criminal investigative service probe into the case have not released results to the public.

Meanwhile, Freire's family is bound by the Feres Doctrine, which bars lawsuits related to injuries during military service.

Freire previously serviced six months in Afghanistan as a Marine.

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