The death of a 18-year-old Lindale woman who passed away while visiting friends in Anderson County on New Year’s Day has been ruled “natural,” according to local authorities.

Lauren Nicole Campbell, 18, a senior at Lindale High School, died on Jan. 1 at a residence in the 4000 block of CR 2101 in southern Anderson County, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

Campbell was unconscious and unresponsive when friends attempted to awaken her on that morning, authorities have said.

At the time, authorities said there was nothing to suggest foul play, calling Campbell’s passing an “unexplained death.”

An autopsy performed at Southeast Texas Forensic Science Center in Tyler showed Campbell died of “natural causes,” with the medical examiner attributing her death to myocarditis, according to Taylor.

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle most often due to infection by common viruses. It can, however, be a complication of other medical conditions.

Myocarditis ranks among the most common causes of sudden death in young adults.

With the final autopsy report completed, Taylor said his agency’s investigation is finished.

“It’s closed,” the sheriff stated. “It’s a natural causes death.”

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