Death of Philbin's son ruled accidental

Michael Philbin from Ripon, Wisconsin is pictured in this Oshkosh police handout. REUTERS/Oshkosh...

Michael Philbin from Ripon, Wisconsin is pictured in this Oshkosh police handout. REUTERS/Oshkosh police/Handout

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The son of Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Joe Philbin had alcohol and marijuana in his system when he drowned, but his death has been ruled accidental by the Winnebago County Coroner's Office.

The body of Michael Philbin, 21, was pulled from the Fox River on Monday, Jan. 9 after he had fallen through the ice in the early morning hours the previous Sunday.

Toxicology reports showed Philbin had a blood alcohol level of .176 and a positive test for marijuana at the time of his death, according to a joint news release issued Wednesday by the Oshkosh Police Department and Winnebago County Coroner's Office.

Police detectives and officers found "no foul play or anything suspicious through their investigation and the Winnebago County Coroner's Office ruled Michael's death as an accidental fresh water drowning," the release says.

News that Michael Philbin was missing came as his father and the Green Bay Packers prepared for a divisional round playoff game against the New York Giants.

Joe Philbin was the offensive coordinator of Green Bay at the time but has since been hired by the Dolphins.

He released a statement through the Dolphins saying the family hopes his son's toxicology report "serves as a reminder to us all that the mixture of alcohol and marijuana can be extremely dangerous; potentially even fatal."

"Michael was alone when this incident occurred. For us as a family this has been the most difficult thing to deal with. Had he been with someone this would have been avoided. The message is clear: practice moderation in the consumption of alcohol, avoid illegal drugs, and if someone appears to be in need of assistance, help them so that this situation doesn't occur again."

Police said Michael Philbin had been visiting friends in Oshkosh the previous Saturday night and was last heard from around 2 a.m. local time Sunday.


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