Audrina Patridge’s niece Sadie’s tragic death at the age of 15 in February has been revealed to be due to a drug overdose, as reported by TMZ. An investigation into her untimely death is currently ongoing, and a manner of death has yet to be determined, pending the possibility of criminal charges.
Authorities are still investigating how the teenager was able to obtain the narcotics. However, sources confirmed that the late teenager allegedly used Snapchat to buy Percocet, unaware that the substance was laced with fentanyl.
‘My beautiful niece is now in heaven’
‘The Hills’ star, 38, took to Instagram to confirm Sadie’s untimely death in February on Instagram with a 10-slide tribute post. “My heart hurts to even write this. My beautiful niece is now in heaven,” she wrote in the caption of the slideshow that included a ton of heartfelt pictures of the late teenager.
“I know Its [sic] not goodbye forever, but it is the hardest to say goodbye for now. We will miss you and cherish every single moment we had with you. Rest in peace Say Say!! We love you forever & ever!” While Patridge and her sister Casey Loza did not reveal Sadie’s case of death at that time, the latter wrote that her daughter’s “story will save countless lives” on an Instagram post.
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Snapchat is often used to buy drugs
Sadie’s tragic passing after buying drugs on Snapchat is not the only case that has caught the attention of the public. In early 2021, ‘Language of Love’ podcast host Dr. Laura Berman revealed her 16-year-old son, Samuel, died from fentanyl-laced Xanax after buying the substance on the social media app.
“We are committed to working together with law enforcement in this case and in all instances where Snapchat is used for illegal purposes,” a Snapchat spokesperson said in response to Page Six at the time.
“We have zero tolerance for using Snapchat to buy or sell illegal drugs,” the statement continued. It emphasized that engaging in “illegal purposes” through Snapchat contradicts the company’s community guidelines.