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Funeral services for OU football player Austin Box set

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: May 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm •  Published: May 20, 2011

Funeral services for Austin Box have been set for 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Box's hometown of Enid. The services will also be broadcast on the Internet at www.emmanuelenid.org.

Box, Oklahoma's starting middle linebacker who just received his college degree last weekend, died Thursday after being found unconscious by a friend. The friend, J.T. Cobble, told authorities he believed his friend had overdosed on “pain pills.”

Cherokee Ballard, spokeswoman for the state Medical Examiner's office, said Friday the office had begun an autopsy on Box, but cause of death had not yet been determined. Ballard said a toxicology test has also been ordered, which would determine if any drugs were in Box's system when he died.

“We do that on every autopsy case,” Ballard said. “That can take anywhere from two weeks to six weeks depending upon what the doctor orders in the toxicology test.”

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