Danielle ‘Dani’ Cogswell Death: Police Believe University of Louisville Cheerleader Died of Drug Overdose

Danielle “Dani” Cogswell, a University of Louisville cheerleader, likely died of a drug overdose.

Cogswell, 22, was found dead in an apartment at Cardinal Towe on July 28.

Police said then that they were awaiting toxicology test results.

Now Louisville Metro police, which are helping investigate what happened, are saying that the death likely resulted from a drug overdose, reported the Courier-Journal.

However, the toxicology may not be available for 60 to 90 days, for unspecified reasons.

The university’s sports information director Kenny Klein said that cheerleaders aren’t subject to any drug testing.

NCAA rules require drug testing of student-athletes but cheerleading isn’t an NCAA-sponsored sport.

Some universities nonetheless test cheerleaders randomly.

Cogswell was from Washington State, where she went to Skyline High School in Issaquah and graduated in 2010. She started school at the University of Louisville the same year.

Many people responded to the news of Cogswell’s death with tributes to her.

“You inspired me more than you know. #RIPDani,” said one Twitter user.

“You, that beautiful smile, and contagious personality will be truly missed dani! #RIPDani love you Chica,” said yet another.

“Losin a team member is just..no words. I can only imagine wat Louisville is goin thru. Her beautiful smile will truly be missed,” said another.

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