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Holland senior Kelly Markatos’ death ruled ‘probable bulimia’ following three-month investigation


Holland senior Kelly Markatos

Medical examiners have determined Holland senior Kelly Markatos’ death earlier this semester to be the result of an eating disorder.

Working with the Spectrum Health Medical Examiner’s office, Mount Pleasant Police investigated the cause of death for three months.

The 22-year-old public relations major was found unresponsive by her roommates in their West Campus Village apartment, Sept. 3 at 9:17 a.m.

Mount Pleasant Fire Department, and police officials were unable to resuscitate the unconscious Markatos, and she was determined dead at the scene.

After a three-month autopsy, including several toxicology reports and interviews, the MPPD released the cause of death in a press release, Wednesday.

“Medical examiners look at the physical examination of the body, they talk to the family and look at medical history,” said MPPD Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson. “They look at everything. Based on their report, their determination was probable bulimia.”

Thompson said examiners have been working to determine the cause of death since Markatos’ body was found. He said they had to wait for several toxicology reports before making the determination.

“They have been working on this since her passing,” Thompson said. “There’s no indication of anything suspicious. Our report is closed.”

A 2009 graduate of Northville High School, Markatos finished an internship at the Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity the summer before she died. She was buried at the Lakeshore Cemetery.

An obituary issued by the Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home and published by the Holland Sentinel, read that Markatos’ parents remember her as “a princess and an angel. Their beloved.”


  1. Tammy Maiani says:

    My heart goes out to you on the loss of your daughter. My 22 year old daughter and I spent the summer at U of M Hospital Eating Disorder Clinic battling an eating disorder. It was an eye opener in so many ways. Something needs to be done as far as eating disorders…awareness, funding, education! Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers! God bless you…

  2. michmediaperson says:

    What CMU should do is cutback on the political correctness course and general education requirements and put together a simple 8-week, 1 hour credit course on “Health for Life.” And, cover all health topics. Cancer, bullima, diet, diabetes,nutrition,etc. Make it a requirement for graduation. If you get an A, you get back your $340. It would be a course CMU students could use for years to come.

    Put it online and offer non-CMU people to take it. Have it as a pass-fail online.

    My heart goes out to Kelly’s family.

  3. I was so sorry to hear about KELLIES passing. I met her a few years ago at Victorias Secret in hooland where we both worked. She was loved by everyone. I lost my daughter in her sleep when she was 29. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this loss. Their is another angel in heaven.

  4. Angela Gambrel says:

    To Kelly’s family – I’m so sorry for your loss.

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