We have very sad news to share. The cause of 18-year-old musician Benjamin LaMontagne’s February death has been released. Benjamin died from a flesh-eating bacteria after getting his wisdom teeth pulled, according to a new report.
Benjamin LaMontagne, 18, seemed to have everything going for him. He was a super-talented bass clarinet player who had already lined up a scholarship at Sunderman Conservatory. In a rare freak accident after oral surgery, Benjamin sadly lost his life on February 22. Four months later, a medical examiner has determined his official cause of death.
Flesh-Eating Bacteria Kills Teen Musician: Benjamin LaMontagne’s Cause Of Death
Benjamin ultimately died of cervical necrotizing fasciitis, a “flesh-eating virus” that invades muscles, fat and skin tissue, says Mark Belserene of the medical examiner’s office, according to Bangor Daily News. The bacteria usually enters through a break in the skin, which makes sense because Benjamin had just had his wisdom teeth removed. How very, very sad.
“The disease can be caused by several types of bacteria, most commonly group A Streptococcus, otherwise tolerable germs typically found in the throat and on the skin. Infections from group A strep are usually easily treated, but in some cases produce toxins that can destroy the tissue they infect,” according to Bangor Daily News. If found early enough, the disease can generally be treated through very powerful antibiotics.
Benjamin’s mom called 911 on February 22, just four days after her son had surgery to remove his wisdom teeth, to report that he wasn’t breathing.
Benjamin LaMontagne: More About His Life
Benjamin was a member of the National Honor Society, studied bass clarinet and singing at the Portland Conservatory of Music and was also a member of high school’s varsity sailing team, according to The Forecaster. The bright young student also took his AP environmental science and honors English classes.
How very sad. Our thoughts are with Benjamin’s family and friends. Leave your well wishes for his family below.
— Megan Ross