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Man proposes marriage, then dies of heroin overdose

Updated: January 25, 2013 6:18AM

A Grayslake woman may face charges relating to the weekend heroin overdose death of her boyfriend.

Grayslake police declined to name the 21-year-old who told them that she and Randall Bianchi, 22, became engaged shortly before he overdosed.

“He proposed and she accepted,” said Grayslake Police Sgt. Doug Hess. “It was a real tragedy for both of them.”

Bianchi, a native of Cary, collapsed last Friday in the apartment the couple shared, according to Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd. Hess said they lived at 1809 Country Drive, in the Grays Pointe Condominiums at routes 120 and 45.

Bianchi had a four-year history of drug abuse, Rudd said. He died on Saturday at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Hess said charges against the woman involved are “highly likely” and that the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office will review the case. He added that heroin overdoses are “not something” the department “encounters on a regular basis.”

“We are cognizant of fact there may be illicit drug use occurring and we take a proactive stance to investigate and enforce laws prohibiting those activities and the possibility of people not realizing the dangers involved with that lifestyle.”

According to Rudd, Bianchi’s organs were donated to Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network.

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