Drug Overdose Likely Cause of Irving's Death

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Those who knew Cherie Ann Irving say she's impossible to forget.

"Everybody knows her," said Krista Honeycutt, who went to high school with Irving. "And no one will ever forget her."

Honeycutt grew up with Irving, whose body was found floating in Sandstone Creek Wednesday. They say Irving, who dropped out of Grass Lake High School to pursue cosmetology, led a very social life.

"She's so fun and crazy," said Honeycutt. "Everybody loved hanging out with her."

But maybe she was too 'fun and crazy,' she says.

"She's always had a dangerous lifestyle," Honeycutt said. "She wanted an exciting lifestyle. That's why she had fun doing the things she did."

It was a lifestyle apparently involving drugs. Jackson County Sheriffs say all signs point to a drug overdose.

Officials believe the overdose happened at a home in the city of Jackson. But details about what kinds and how much drugs were involved hinge on the toxicology report.

"We're waiting on the toxicology to really confirm amounts and what drugs were injested or used," said Lt. Bradley Piros of the Jackson County Sheriffs' Department.

Irving wasn't the only one in her social circle using drugs. Honeycutt said many friends and acquaintances of hers use and are addicted to drugs.

"It really makes you think," she said.

Investigators have identified the persons who allegedly disposed of Irving's body in the creek. Officials say once the autopsy toxicology comes through and the investigation is complete, the case will be handed over to the jackson county prosecutor to determine if any charges will be filed.

Officials expect results from the toxicology in the next 10 to 14 days.


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  • by James Location: Lansing on Oct 9, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    What we have here folks is another serious lack of reporting from WILX. Is there not an investigative reporter on staff there? WILX seems to be going on the assumption that just because she had drugs in her system, that it must be the reason for her death?? THE RESULTS FROM THE TOXICOLOGY REPORT ARE NOT EVEN IN YET! Did anyone even ask how they determined drugs were involved without the test results?? Is there not anyone at WILX that knows how to ask real questions to the police? Such as: Where is the evidence that ties her drug usage directly to the fact that she was found dead, away from home, floating in a stream? In other words WILX, you don't OD on drugs at home, only to somehow mysteriously appear dead, floating in a river far away from the area you were using the drugs at, in the first place. Did anyone ask how did she got there? Walk? Drive? Is it possible she was pushed into the river? Was anyone with her?? Etc etc.. Hello? WILX? Anyone working today?
  • by Anonymous Location: Jackson MI on Oct 8, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    On behalf of Cherie's Family I wanted to thank WILX and all of the reporters involved for respecting the integrity of her life. There are other reporters violating her personal information just because her family was to distraught to give a comment. They made it sound like just because she had some issues, like all human beings, it was okay for someone to dump her in a river!!! AGAIN THANK YOU WILX FOR RESPECTING CHERIE AND HER FAMILY AND ONLY REPORTING NEWS AND NOT JUST 'HEAR SAY'.
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