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Iowa police release cause of death for daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice and Allina Health CEO

Olivia Chutich died from a combination of excessive drinking and hypothermia.
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Police in Iowa have announced that 21-year-old Olivia Chutich's death was accidental, and the result of "acute alcohol intoxication and hypothermia."

Chutich, the daughter of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chutich and Allina Health CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler, was found dead in the parking lot outside the Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Iowa State University in Ames on the morning of Jan. 22.

On Wednesday, the Ames Police Department confirmed her death being the result of excessive drinking combined with exposure to cold overnight temperatures.

"The family of Ms. Chutich continues to ask for privacy as they grieve this loss," the department said, noting there was no evidence of foul play in her death.

An obituary submitted by Margaret Chutich and Dr. Penny Wheeler noted that Olivia Chutich was born in Guatemala before "coming into our lives as an infant."

"As her mothers, we know that we were given the most precious of gifts for 21 years. We weren't perfect parents, and she wasn't a perfect child, but we were a perfect match," it continued. 

"She was loved from the moment that we set eyes on her and deeply so throughout her too-short life. Her vibrant spirit, heart-on-her-sleeve emotions, kindness, compassion, and glorious smile are remembered by all who crossed her path."

Chutich attended the Breck School and was studying at Iowa State at the time of her death.

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