Report: Teen died of natural causes

The death of a 14-year-old Columbus teen who became ill at a friend’s home last month and died later at the hospital has been attributed to natural causes and complications from a genetic condition.

Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting said toxicology results for Shaylynne Sky Hill, 14, of Columbus, showed only caffeine in her system when she died at 12:28 a.m. March 14 at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Her cause of death is listed as complications of cirrhosis due to Alpha-1, a genetic inherited condition that may result in serious lung disease or liver disease at any age.

Hill had transferred to Columbus East this semester after spending her first semester of high school at Columbus Signature Academy — New Tech, school officials said.

She had attended Taylorsville Elementary School and Northside Middle School before starting high school, and enjoyed drawing, music, art and spending time with her friends.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.