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UCSB student dies of apparent drug overdose during Deltopia weekend

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Apr 17, 2023

A UCSB student died from an apparent drug overdose during Deltopia weekend. He’s been identified as Jude Quirinale, 21, of Monterey.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says the call came in around 5:45 p.m. on April 8 reporting an unconscious person along the 800 block of Camino Del Sur in Isla Vista.

Quirinale was taken to the hospital and died April 12 from a “poly-substance overdose,” according to the sheriff’s office.

He was in junior standing at the university pursuing a physics degree.

A gofundme account stated to have been created by Quirinale’s brother says the UCSB student was at a party when he was given a drug laced with fentanyl. The account, which asks for donations toward medical expenses while Quirinale was on life support, has raised nearly $30,000 so far.

UCSB released the following statement:

Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the student who passed away. We are aware of the impact and stress as our community processes this tragedy. The campus has resources available to students, staff, and faculty who are in need of support in their time of healing. Students are encouraged to reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) who can provide therapeutic support during this difficult time.  To request an appointment, please complete the CAPS Services Request Form CAPS phone consultation is available 24/7/365 by calling 805-893-4411. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the ASAP program, offering a variety of services. A comprehensive list of wellness resources can be accessed at

The sheriff’s office has not said whether Quirinale’s death was directly linked to Deltopia events, but did say the death is part of the overall Deltopia statistics. Twenty-three people were arrested during the unsanctioned spring break party in Isla Vista April 7-9.

More than 150 citations were handed out and the sheriff’s office says many emergency medical calls came in, mostly for acute alcohol intoxication.