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Police suspect man charged with dealing drugs died from overdose

— Police suspect the 37-year-old Steamboat Springs man charged in February with felony drug distribution died early Sunday morning from a drug overdose.

Police Chief Cory Christensen said Charles “Chaz” L. Kavovit was found at about 1:45 a.m. by his girlfriend at his home on Spruce Street. Paramedics were called but they could not resuscitate him.

Christensen said police found evidence of drug use at Kavovit’s home.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said an autopsy was performed Monday. He was waiting for toxicology test results before determining the cause of death.

“We highly suspect it’s opiates, but we don’t know for sure,” Christensen said.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Kavovit at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the C Hole on the Yampa River.

In December, a woman reached out to police believing Kavovit had been selling her boyfriend prescription medications.

The woman showed police text messages between her and Kavovit.

Kavovit wrote that he tries to keep his “friends safe,” but he himself overdosed a couple weeks earlier.

“Thought I was taking a xany (Xanax) bar and it ended up being fentanyl and I was done,” Kavovit wrote in one of the texts. “Lips turned blue, had to get rushed to er.”

Kavovit wrote that he was trying to help people stay away from the “dirty heroine going around town.”

Kavovit wrote that he would cut off the boyfriend because he did not want to watch a friend die.

“No addict wants to be an addict,” Kavovit wrote. “It’s the only way they feel normal is when they’re on drugs. It’s a tough thing to comprehend to someone who isn’t an addict but it’s the way it works.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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