Naked and Afraid contestant Melanie Rauscher died of gasping for air while babysitting a dog in Arizona, an autopsy report has confirmed.
The Yavapai County coroner said Rauscher, 35 – who was found dead near cans of dust cleaners on July 17 in Prescott, Ariz. – said the reality TV star inhaled the toxic propellants, TMZ reported.
It resulted in death from difluoroethane toxicity, better known as “huffing,” a cheap way for people to get high from inhaling dust cleaning sprays.
Rauscher was a 2017 contestant on the Discovery Channel survival series and 2018 spinoff show XL.
An autopsy report confirmed that Melanie Rauscher, 35, a contestant on Naked and Afraid, died from panting air canisters while riding a dog in Arizona
The reality TV star babysat a couple’s dog in Prescott while they were on vacation. They returned and found her dead in a bedroom near cans of dust cleaner
Rauscher was a contestant in the Discovery survival series in 2017 and in the spinoff show XL in 2018. In the picture: a promo with Rauscher, a leisure specialist
Rauscher had lived at the Prescott house and looked after the owners’ dog while they were away on holiday.
They found her body on a bed after returning from their trip.
There was a recent crackdown to stop young people getting high on gas canisters, with New York banning anyone under the age of 21 from buying canisters of whipped cream.
“Laughing gas” or “hippie crack” can be inhaled by deflating nitrogen gas cartridges known as “whippets”.
Breathing the gas can cause low blood pressure, fainting, heart attack, and sudden death.
New York has banned anyone under the age of 21 from buying cans of whipped cream after alarming reports that one in five young people use gas cartridges to get high
Any New York City store that sells a container of whipped cream to anyone under the age of 21 will be fined $250 for the first violation. Subsequent violations can result in fines of up to $500 for each violation of statewide law
According to this Alcohol and Drug Foundation, the potential long-term effects can include memory loss and psychosis.
According to the DEA, about one in five young people has used inhalants by the time they are 13 or eighth grade.
Any store in New York that sells a container of whipped cream to a person under the age of 21 will be fined $250 for the first offense.
Subsequent violations can result in fines of up to $500 for each violation of the statewide law, according to the Albany Times Union.
Following reports of her death, her steady and longtime friend Jeremy McCaa (left) said he felt “heartbroken” by the loss of Rauscher.
McCaa, who appeared alongside Rauscher in the seventh season of Naked and Afraid
Rauscher returned to the show through its spin-off. Pictured: Rauscher alongside Naked and Afraid XL co-star Dustin “Duck” Campbell in 2018
Following reports of her death, fellow contestant and longtime friend Jeremy McCaa said he felt “heartbroken” by the loss of a “strong woman” and “amazing person”.
McCaa, who appeared alongside Rauscher in Naked and Afraid season 7, posted a heartfelt tribute to her on social media, describing how her relationship of co-stars to friends “bloomed.”
“She came into my life in a way I can’t explain,” he wrote. “We had such chemistry on the show and a friendship developed that words can’t describe.”
The survivalist said he considers Rauscher “family” and knows he “can always count on them”.
“We had so many moments where we were just there for each other,” he said. “She was my swamp wife, a best friend, a strong woman, an amazing person and I will always cherish our moments together.”
“Your laugh was unique. Their friendship was amazing.’
What are the risks of inhaling hippie crack?
Nitrous oxide has been nicknamed “laughing gas” because of the euphoric and relaxed feeling people who inhale it can sometimes feel.
The substance – also known as “hippie crack” – is usually bought in pressurized containers, which are usually placed in a container, such as a bottle. B. a balloon to be filled, from which the gas is inhaled.
The effects of nitrous oxide vary depending on how much is inhaled, but they include:
• Feelings of euphoria, relaxation and calm.
• Dizziness, difficulty thinking clearly and giggling/laughing.
• Sound distortions or even hallucinations.
• Loss of consciousness or death from lack of oxygen. This occurs when the available oxygen for breathing is effectively displaced by the nitrous oxide.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11176411/Naked-Afraid-contestant-Melanie-Rauscher-35-died-huffing-air-canisters.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Naked and Afraid contestant Melanie Rauscher, 35, died from “puffing” air canisters