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‘Clerks’ Star Lisa Spoonauer Cause Of Death: Accidental Opioid Overdose

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Lisa Spoonauer Cause Death Overdose

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Lisa Spoonauer Cause Death Overdose

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Clerks star Lisa Spoonauer, who died at the age of 44, accidentally overdosed on hydromorphone, an opioid, according to the Ocean County Medical Examiner in New Jersey. As reported, Spoonauer passed away in her New Jersey home in May. At the time, a 911 call was placed from her house, but she was no longer breathing when paramedics arrived.

Hydromorphone, which is the generic form of Dilaudid, is used to treat pain. The drug has been known to affect one’s breathing and can be very addictive. Spoonauer’s death, says the medical examiner, was from an acute and chronic intravenous use of the drug. While presumably she injected the opioid, the medical examiner’s office refused to confirm that detail to Gossip Cop.

In addition to using hydromorphone, Spoonauer was also fighting a myriad of illnesses, including cancer, immune deficiency, and lung disease. Of course, Spoonauer was known for playing Caitlin Bree in the movie Clerks. She also lent her voice to the character in the animated series, based on Kevin Smith’s cult film. The writer-director and Spoonauer met when he watched her in an acting class at Brookdale Community College in 1992 while casting the movie.

Smith noted in a long Instagram tribute to Spoonauer after her death that when he observed her acting class, “Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room. She didn’t sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life. Captivated, I approached Lisa cold in the parking lot.” He added, “But as strong an actress as she was, Lisa was an even more excellent mother.” Spoonauer left behind a daughter named Mia, her husband Tom, and stepson Tyler.

 


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