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Ex-chancellor was in hospital before suicide

November 4, 2006

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— A former University of California chancellor was discharged from a psychiatric hospital just a day before she jumped 33 stories to her death in June, according to a report released Friday.

Denice Dee Denton, the 46-year-old one-time UC Santa Cruz chancellor, committed suicide June 24 by jumping from the Paramount high-rise in San Francisco, according to a city medical examiner's investigation.

Denton had severe depression and had spent the six days before her death at Langley Porter hospital in San Francisco, the report said. Her doctor had prescribed her the antidepressant Zoloft and the sleep aid Ambien, and antidepressants were in her body when she died.

Denton came under fire in the two years before her death for demanding expensive remodeling to her campus home and for helping her partner secure a top-paying university position. Records show that Denton's longtime partner, Gretchen Kalonji, had an apartment in the Paramount.

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