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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