The death of college student Riley Strain has been ruled accidental after his autopsy report was released Tuesday.

The University of Missouri student, 22, went missing from downtown Nashville on March 8 after being asked to leave Luke Bryan’s bar on lower Broadway for intoxication. His body was later recovered from the Cumberland River, about 8 miles from downtown Nashville, 14 days after his disappearance.

FOX 17 News obtained an autopsy from the Davidson County Medical Examiner stating Strain died from drowning and ethanol intoxication, also known as alcohol poisoning. A large amount of fluid was detected in his lungs. However, there was no significant trauma or broken bones detected.

Photo shows Riley Strain and his mother. She said "He's my best friend" during a new conference. (Photo courtesy Strain family)

Photo shows Riley Strain and his mother. She said “He’s my best friend” during a new conference. (Photo courtesy Strain family)

Strain’s blood alcohol content registered 0.228, which indicates a level of intoxication where someone would be disoriented, needing help walking or standing, and very impaired sensory functions. Small amounts of nicotine and THC were also present.

A shirt, undershorts, socks and blue watch were present. There were no shoes, jeans, belt or wallet. Riley had been wearing cowboy boots that night.

Strain’s family told Fox 17 News they are reviewing all the results, including those of a private autopsy which they had conducted.

This comes as a preliminary autopsy reported “no evident signs of trauma to his body.”

Since Strain’s tragic death, there’s been a push to make Music City more responsible.

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