Son of Dolphins Coach Philbin Had Alcohol, Marijuana in System at Death

The 21-year-old son of Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin had alcohol and marijuana in his system when he fell through the ice and drowned two months ago in a frozen river in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, authorities said.

The investigation into Michael Philbin’s death has been closed, the Oshkosh Police Department, in conjunction with the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office, said today in a statement.

Michael Philbin died two weeks before his father, the former offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, was hired by the Dolphins. His death was ruled an accidental drowning and toxicology reports showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .176, more than twice the legal limit to drive in Wisconsin. He also tested positive for marijuana, police said.

“The loss of a child and a sibling is absolutely heartbreaking to a family,” Joe Philbin said in a statement through the Dolphins. “Ours is no different. We hope that the results of the recent toxicology report serves as a reminder to us all that the mixture of alcohol and marijuana can be extremely dangerous; potentially even fatal.”

Michael Philbin was visiting friends at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh when he fell through the ice on the Fox River on Jan. 8. He was alone at the time of his death and divers recovered his body the next day.

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