The investigation into the death of University of Colorado student Eric Chase Bolling, the son of former Fox News personality Eric Bolling, could take weeks as investigators await the results of toxicology tests.

Eric Chase Bolling, 19, died Friday night at an apartment near the 28th Street Frontage Road and Village Drive in Boulder, the Boulder County Coroner's Office confirmed Monday. But Coroner Emma Hall has not yet ruled on the cause and manner of Bolling's death.

Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh said that while an autopsy was performed Monday, toxicology tests could take up to four weeks. Police also are still conducting interviews, she added.

"We still need to speak to some people that he lived with and were at the apartment," Aulabaugh said.

While some news outlets reported the death as a suicide, Eric Bolling tweeted over the weekend that "authorities have informed us there is no sign of self harm at this point." (Other outlets attributed the death to an accidental drug overdose.)

One college friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the vicious nature of some social media comments surrounding the story, said she didn't know what happened. But she said she'd be surprised if Eric Chase Bolling had taken his own life.


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"He lived life to the fullest," she said. "He was your average college student. Just an awesome guy."

She said Bolling did not hide the fact that his father worked for Fox News.

"He would always talk about his dad being on Fox News," she said. "It's not like I really cared, since I just wanted to be his friend. But he talked about it, and he was proud of his dad. He said he had the life that he had due to his father."

Fox News announced Friday that it had parted ways with Eric Bolling, who hosted the show "The Specialists." Bolling had been suspended since last month over allegations he sent lewd photos to female coworkers. He'd worked at Fox for about 10 years.

But Eric Chase Bolling's friend said she doesn't believe his father's job situation caused him the " emotional torture" some news outlets reported.

"That's not the Eric we know," she said. "Yes, he cared about his dad, but he was a strong man. He'd faced adversity before and he always came back stronger than ever before."

Bolling was in his second year at CU, where he was studying economics.

She said what has made her friend's death harder has been the negative comments and speculation online. Even Bolling's Facebook page on Monday had comments mocking him and his father.

"I understand his dad was fired," she said. "But me and my friends are so pissed off at social media."

Several other friends of Bolling's declined interview requests from the Daily Camera.

Friends gathered for a memorial at the Sunrise Amphitheater on Flagstaff Mountian on Sunday to pay tribute to the younger Bolling. His friend said she remembers that he would stop by her house all the time just to chat or reach out to help her get through the workday.

"He would FaceTime me out of nowhere and talk to me on breaks," she said. "I just always saw him doing things to make somebody's day. He was such a giving guy."

She said she first met Bolling at a party and said that he loved to be part of the social scene.

"He just liked to be surrounded by people," she said. "He was always joking around, super energetic and super enthusiastic."

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars