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A medical examiner has ruled the death of a former Kansas City medical school president as a suicide.

Karen Pletz, former president of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, was found dead Nov. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/yuAS4H) that Darin Trelka, interim chief medical examiner of Broward County, ruled Friday that Pletz died of acute intoxication from a combination of drugs and alcohol.

Pletz, a former Jefferson City resident, led the osteopathic medical school for 14 years. In 2009, she was fired amid questions about her handling of the school's finances.

A federal grand jury indicted her last year, alleging she had embezzled more than $1.5 million from the medical school, engaged in money laundering and falsified tax returns. The charges were dismissed after her death.

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