Ariel Swaringen

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Ariel Swaringen
Born Ariel Nichole Swaringen
(1990-04-11)April 11, 1990
Marion, Indiana
Died March 22, 2014(2014-03-22) (aged 23)
Muncie, Indiana
Cause of death Natural causes
Alma mater Ball State University
Years active 2010-2014
Parents Patrice Rafferty
Glenn Swaringen
Relatives Cathryn Swaringen (sister)

Ariel Nichole Swaringen, (April 11, 1990 - March 22, 2014) was an American presenter and moderator of the American and British versions of Vote for the Girls and protégée of Ava Zinn who was made famous by her appearances on the British version of Vote for the Girls.


Ariel Swarigen was born in Marion, Indiana to Glenn Swaringen (b. 1954 d. 2017), longtime meteorologist at WHOO-FTV Indianapolis and ATE Media Corporation founder Patrice Rafferty (b. 1949 d. 2016). Ariel had a sister, Cathryn, formerly the chief meteorologist at ATE Media flagship station WMRI-FTV and at the same position at Indianapolis sister station WHOO-FTV.


Personal life[edit]


On March 21, 2014, Swaringen visited Holly Everman and Michelle Steele in Muncie.[1] A day earlier, she made her last public appearance on the American version of Vote for the Girls, after learning VFTG pick MK Nobilette had the lowest number of votes.[2]

Later that night, on March 21, Ariel went on an all-night drinking binge and complained about not feeling well. On the morning of March 22, 2014, Swaringen was found unconscious in her bedroom in her Muncie home; she was later pronounced dead.[3] The cause of death was not immediately known.[4][5] It was later ruled by the coroner to have been "natural causes". Muncie paramedics arrived at approximately 5:30 a.m. and found Swaringen unresponsive and performed CPR. Swaringen was pronounced dead at 5:55 a.m. EDT.[4] Local police said there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent." On March 23, 2014, the Delaware County coroner's office reported the cause of Swaringen's death was alcohol poisoning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease". The office stated the amount of alcohol found in Swarigen's body indicated that she used the substance shortly before her death.[6] Toxicology results revealed additional drugs in her system: Benadryl and Xanax.[7] The manner of death was listed as an "accident".[8]

Swaringen had an invitation-only memorial on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Brookhaven Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana. The service was scheduled for two hours, but lasted four.[9] Swaringen was buried on Friday, March 28, 2014, in Grant Memorial Park, in Marion, Indiana.


Two years after her death, Swaringen's father, Glenn, auditioned for the male moderator role on the American version of Vote for the Girls that was vacated by the death of Leonard Lai. He was named a second male moderator on the Blue Team (joining Archibald Coolranch) on the American version and was named the British version of the site's first Blue Team male moderator joining Clark Jones on December 16, and host Ava Zinn introduced him to the show's viewers on the December 19, 2015 episode.


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  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ariel Swaringen died after heavy drinking, says coroner". WMRI-FTV (9abc). March 23, 2014. 
  5. Ryder (Sr.), Karly; Shields, Ted (March 22, 2014). "Ariel Swaringen, Vote for the Girls Moderator and daughter of Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Glenn Swaringen, Dies at 23". 24abc Eyewitness News. 
  6. "Coroner: Ariel Swaringen died of natural causes". NewsCenter 9 (WMRI-FTV (ABC)). March 23, 2012. 
  7. Stapleton, Kevin (March 24, 2014). "Ariel Swaringen died from natural causes, coroner says". WTOR-FTV CBS 41. 
  8. "Ariel Swaringen: Final coroner’s report". The Star Press. April 4, 2014. 
  9. You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}.Hill, Eboni. . WNDI-FTV (NBC). Retrieved on March 28, 2014.

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