Initial reports regarding the death of former Fox News host Eric Bolling’s son, Eric Bolling Jr., claimed that Bolling Jr. committed suicide. A week later, a close friend of the 19-year-old economics student contends that Bolling Jr. did not intentionally kill himself.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Bolling Jr. had been seen partying the night before, reportedly using drugs including cocaine, marijuana and Xanax. Bolling Jr.’s friend, Wayne Carter, 21, admitted that Bolling Jr. had been “doing things” that night, as evidenced by videos he sent to friends via Snapchat.
Carter said that Bolling Jr. had always been quite social, but he had began partying more intensely over the summer.
Although Carter claimed to have been told that Bolling Jr. had once used harder drugs such as heroin, he insisted that Bolling Jr. was using “college drugs — cocaine, weed, alcohol, Xanax sometimes” prior to his death.
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Overtly proud of his father’s television career, Bolling Jr. was reportedly deeply bothered by the sexual harassment allegations against him that led to his dismissal from Fox News on Sept. 8.
“He was very into his dad and looked up to his dad a lot,” Carter said of Bolling Jr. “I’m not saying his life choices revolved around his dad but his dad was a huge role model in his life.”
Following the news of his father’s termination from Fox News, Carter said that Bolling Jr. kept most of his feelings to himself.
“He wouldn’t tell me (directly) because he was so proud of his dad,” Carter said. “But clearly inside, it was eating him up.”
Even so, Carter insisted that Bolling Jr. would never have committed suicide and that his partying and use of drugs is what “did it for him.”
“I’ll put it like this — he was a partier. I don’t think he would have intentionally done it,” Carter explained. “But I definitely think he upped (his drug use) once when he heard that news and that’s what caused his demise.”
The two friends had spent Wednesday and Thursday morning together prior to Bolling Jr.’s death.
“He was fine,” Carter said. “Seemed like everything was normal, just like how we always hung out. Good mood, super energetic. Looked like he had no worries.”
Carter recalled that the two talked about “girls, sports, working out, our friends. He was talking about his trip because he just got back from New York.”
Eric Chase Bolling Jr. was the only child of Eric and Adrienne Bolling. He was raised in New Jersey and moved to Colorado 18 months ago to attend the University of Colorado Boulder. (For more from the author of “Friend of Eric Bolling Jr. Claims Death Was Not Suicide” please click HERE)