2012-06-21 / Local & State

Drugs Led To Pa. Alzheimer’s Patient Death

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Officials say the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's patient killed by her husband before he committed suicide in March died of a drug overdose.

The Lehigh County coroner's office determined Adrienne Snelling died from a toxic combination of overthe counter drugs and medications prescribed to her husband, Charles.

Authorities say the prominent businessman killed his wife then fatally shot himself in inside their Upper Macungie Township home in late March. They were both 81.

Charles Snelling had recently written in The New York Times about his love for his Alzheimer's-stricken wife. The couple's family called Charles Snelling's decision to kill his wife an act of “deep devotion and profound love.”

Charles Snelling had also served as Allentown's city council president and chairman of the authority that manages Reagan and Dulles airports.

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