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Teen died of heart condition after attending Baylor frat party

By Louis Ojeda Jr.

WACO - A toxicology report confirms the autopsy report that a Navarro College student's death in March was not caused by alcohol.

Megan Helal, 19, of Combine, Tex., died after she reportedly attended a Baylor fraternity party at Mynars Bar in March. About 70 people, including fraternity members and their girlfriends, reportedly attended.

Helal reportedly returned to her boyfriend's home at the Arbors Apartments where early the next morning she was gasping for breath. She was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center where she later died.

Autopsy results released by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas indicate Helal died from cardiac arrhythmia.

Toxicology results confirm the autopsy report as she tested negative for alcohol and marijuana, but did have a trace of common anesthetic in her body. The results also show Helal had been drinking and vomiting that night, however, the medical examiner ruled she died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia due to a type of heart disease.

The Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission began conducting an investigation of the incident in April to determine if underage drinking was involved. The majority of the 32 witnesses subpoenaed were from Baylor.

TABC confirms alcohol was purchased from the bar on a pre-paid bar tab and fraternity members also purchased their own liquor.

Before TABC concludes the investigation, it will speak with some members of the Sigma Chi fraternity, which was suspended earlier this year.

TABC says it has not decided whether any charges will be filed against the bar.

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