A coroner’s report in Southern California has confirmed that Griffen Kramer, the 18-year-old son of former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer, died of a heroin overdose.
“His exact cause of death is listed as acute morphine toxicity,” Lt. Larry Dietz, watch commander for the day at the Los Angeles coroner’s office, said on Friday.
Griffen, a senior and backup QB at Thousand Oaks High School, was found dead on the morning of October 30 at a home in Agoura Hills, California, which belonged to 19-year-old David Nernberg, one of Kramer’s friends.
According to a report by the Ventura County Star, Griffen began foaming at the mouth and eventually passed out after consuming heroin at a party with a group of his friends on Oct. 29.
Nernberg – who was present during the heroin injection – told authorities he dragged Kramer into his car and drove around the area. As he drove, Nernberg said he called friends, asking if he could take Kramer to their houses. They told him no.
So Nernberg drove to his own house and dragged Kramer, still unconscious, from the car to his bedroom, hoping he would sleep off the effects of the drug. Instead, Griffen was found dead the next morning.
Police have arrested Nernberg and Corey Baumann, 19, for involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance in relation to Griffen Kramer’s death.
A 17-year-old also was arrested on the same charges, and a second 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.