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Man is found dead hours after party at Orem home

OREM -- Police are investigating the death of a Cottonwood man who died at a party in Orem Monday night.

Orem Police Lt. Doug Edwards said Robert John Smith was celebrating a job promotion at 179 S. 800 West.Smith reportedly was unconscious from alcohol consumption when friends put him on a waterbed in a bedroom about 5 a.m. Tuesday. When they checked on him 11 hours later, they discovered he wasn't breathing, police say.

"Apparently, he had had enough that he had passed out," Edwards said.

Although an investigation is ongoing, police believe he either suffocated or suffered from alcohol poisoning. His death likely will be ruled accidental pending an autopsy Wednesday, Edwards said.