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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009 4:49 pm | Updated: 2:41 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The death of popular Gilbert High School sign language teacher Brad Williams has been ruled a suicide by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Williams died March 10 in his Mesa home, just five days after his 33rd birthday. He left behind many devastated students, teachers and family members.

In May, students organized a “Walk for Williams” to deal with their grief and remember their favorite teacher, and donated the proceeds to the National Association of the Deaf.

The cause of death was listed as multiple drug toxicity, and three drugs were found in his system, including diphenhydramine, zolpidem and diazepam, according to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Williams had worked in the Gilbert Unified School District since August 2002. He was also the boys tennis coach, a referee for the volleyball and basketball teams, and taught an online sign language class through Rio Salado Community College.

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