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Friends say mushrooms contributed to Brooklyn College student's fatal fall

  1. Phungushead
    Cops are probing a Brooklyn college student's fatal fall from an eighth-story dormitory window, which friends said occurred after he consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms.

    Michael Simmons, 19, fell to his death around 2 a.m. Sunday from the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn Heights.

    Simmons, of Tempe, Ariz., had just begun studies at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, friends said.

    There was no criminality, said police, who had not determined whether it was a suicide or an accident, or whether drugs were involved. An autopsy is being performed.

    Simmons took mushrooms with a small group of people last night, friends said. The group split up shortly before Simmons fell, added the friends, who declined to give their names.

    "He was a very talented actor," said Kayla Richards, 19, another friend.

    "He was such a happy person. He always had a smile on."

    Monday, November 8th 2010, 4:00 AM

    BY Michael J. Feeney, Alison Gendar and John Lauinger


  1. Enlightenment
    Such a shame. did he freakout? swim has done some crazy things while he freaked out once on gooms. banging on the walls, trying to drive home a hundred miles away, etc. thank goodness his friends kept a tight leash on him. sounds like simmons' friends weren't as watchful. any more details?
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