Cause of death determined for UMass student Chloe Malast

By Anthony Rentsch

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The Massachusetts state medical examiner determined that a 21-year-old University of Massachusetts student died last October due to a blood clot which may have been caused by the use of birth control, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

The office ruled Chloe Malast died in her McNamara Hall dormitory in the Sylvan Residential Area because of “pulmonary thromboemboli due to probable deep vein thrombosis of lower extremities in a person using oral contraceptives,” according to an examiner spokesperson.

Malast, who was a Commonwealth Honors College student, was found in her dorm on Oct. 19.

According to the Mayo Clinic, estrogen in birth control pills can increase the risk of blood clots. The National Blood Clot Alliance says the risk of a developing a clot for the average woman taking oral contraceptives is 1 in 1,000.

The Department of Public Health could not be reached for comment Monday.

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