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Autopsy Finds Matthew Perry Died of Ketamine's Effects

Report lists several contributing factors in actor's death

(Newser) - An autopsy report released on Friday concludes that Matthew Perry died of "the acute effects of ketamine," an anesthetic. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's office listed several contributing factors, including coronary artery disease, drowning, and the effects of the opioid buprenorphine. But the autopsy found the...

Autopsies In on Family Who Died Trying to Live Off the Grid

Christine and Rebecca Vance and latter's teen son likely died of malnutrition, hypothermia

(Newser) - The stepsister of a Colorado woman who was found dead along with her sister and teenage son at a remote Rocky Mountain campsite says the women fled into the wilderness after struggling to cope with societal changes in recent years, but they were unequipped to survive off the grid. Exposed...

Cause of US Olympian's Mysterious Death Revealed

Tori Bowie died of childbirth complications

(Newser) - The US Olympic medalist and world champion sprinter who was found dead in May at age 32 died from complications of childbirth, according to her autopsy report. Tori Bowie was approximately eight months pregnant and in labor at the time of her death, USA Today reports. It's not clear...

Tyre Nichols' Family Says Autopsy Confirms 'What We Knew'

It shows he died by homicide with brain injuries from blunt force trauma, family's lawyers say

(Newser) - An official autopsy shows Tyre Nichols suffered brain damage as a result of blunt force trauma as he was beaten by Memphis police officers on Jan. 7, according to Nichols' family. The family of the 29-year-old Black man who died three days after the brutal assault for which five former...

There Are Unused Ways to Get Answers After Stillbirths

In 2020, autopsies only happened 20% of the time

(Newser) - Each year, some 20,000 pregnancies in the US end in stillbirth. In a lengthy piece for ProPublica , Duaa Eldeib explains that we have tools that can offer grieving would-be parents answers in many of those cases—but those tools are underutilized. Eldeib cites stats that show placental exams can...

Autopsy Finds Fatal Fall From Plane Was Accidental

Rear ramp had been opened for ventilation

(Newser) - A co-pilot who fell from a private plane in North Carolina in July died in an accident, an autopsy has determined. The report from the state's chief medical examiner said Charles Hew Crooks sustained multiple blunt force injuries. The toxicology report said tests found no alcohol or "common...

Amended Autopsy Report: McClain Died Due to Ketamine

Forensic pathologist's findings, made in July 2021, were just publicly released Friday

(Newser) - An unusual amended autopsy report for Elijah McClain , the 23-year-old Black man who died after Colorado paramedics injected him with ketamine to sedate him during a police encounter, is drawing attention for a notable change. "I believe this tragic fatality is most likely the result of ketamine toxicity,"...

Kansas Man Sentenced for Illegal Autopsy Scheme

Self-taught pathology assistant Shawn Parcells gets 6 years

(Newser) - A Kansas man who admitted running an illegal autopsy scheme has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for wire fraud. Shawn Parcells, 42, was sentenced Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud, the US Attorney's office said. He pleaded guilty in May. As part...

Jayland Walker's Autopsy Is Out, With One Key Number

25-year-old Black man from Ohio was shot, grazed 46 times in hail of police gunfire: medical examiner

(Newser) - Jayland Walker, the 25-year-old Black man killed in a hail of police gunfire in the Ohio city of Akron last month, was shot or grazed 46 times, according to a preliminary autopsy report released Friday by the Summit County medical examiner's office, per the AP . Akron police have acknowledged...

Friends Say He Was Exhausted, the Band Says Otherwise

Taylor Hawkins' death is still unexplained, but there may have been warning signs beforehand

(Newser) - Update: Following the publication of a Rolling Stone longform on the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron is walking back his quotes from that article. "When I agreed to take part in the Rolling Stone article about Taylor, I assumed it would be...

'No Question a Powerful Bullet' Killed Patrick Lyoya

Family releases results of independent autopsy after Grand Rapids, Michigan, shooting

(Newser) - The family of a Michigan Black man who was shot dead by police on April 4 says an independent autopsy confirms a bullet to the back of the head killed Patrick Lyoya. The AP reports that syncs with the footage released by the police chief of Grand Rapids, where the...

County Acts After Public Dissection of WWII Veteran

Teary officials in Multnomah County, Ore., move to ban for-profit display of human remains

(Newser) - The widow of a World War II and Korean War veteran who thought she was donating his body to science was aghast to learn that it was instead dissected in front of a paying audience at a Portland hotel last October. Now, as the Oregonian reports, the Multnomah County Board...

Judge Agrees With Saget's Family, Blocks Release for Now

Applies to any photos, video, or other records related to the investigation into his death

(Newser) - A judge in Florida on Wednesday agreed with a request from the family of comedian Bob Saget and temporarily prohibited the release of any photos, video, or other records related to the investigation into his death, saying that doing so would cause them irreparable harm. Saget's wife, Kelly Rizzo,...

Bob Saget's Cause of Death Revealed
More Details Emerge
on Bob Saget's Death

More Details Emerge on Bob Saget's Death

Comedian suffered skull fractures, tested positive for COVID

(Newser) - Update: Bob Saget suffered what People calls "catastrophic" head injuries, per his now-released autopsy, which confirms details his family shared Wednesday. The Orange County Medical Examiner's report says the comedian had fractures to the back of his head and around his eyes, leading to discolored eyelids, as well...

'Years of Hard Drinking' Led to Friday Star's Death

'Chronic ethanol use' is official wording used by coroner's office regarding Anthony Johnson

(Newser) - Update: The autopsy report is in on Friday star Anthony "AJ" Johnson, who was found lifeless in a Los Angeles store in September. Although the coroner's office deemed the manner of death natural, the cause was attributed to "chronic ethanol use"—meaning Johnson died "from...

Autopsy Report: Miya Marcano Was Bound With Duct Tape

Her cause of death ruled 'homicide by undetermined means'

(Newser) - The death of a woman who went missing from the Florida apartment complex where she lived did indeed die of a homicide, but the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office wasn't able to get much more specific than that. Per its autopsy report, Miya Marcano died of "homicide...

COVID Victim Dissected in Front of Paying Audience

His family says they never gave consent for 'pay-per-view autopsy'

(Newser) - In late August, David Saunders, a 98-year-old decorated World War II veteran from Louisiana, died of COVID, and his widow, Elsie, tried to donate his body to LSU for science, though the university refused due to his COVID status. Through a Baton Rouge funeral home, she found another company that...

Cause of Death Announced for Grad Student Found in River

Coroner says Jelani Day, 25, drowned in Illinois River; Day's family says he was murdered

(Newser) - Update: Jelani Day, the Illinois State University grad student found dead in the Illinois River on Sept. 4, died by drowning, a coroner announced Monday. LaSalle County Coroner Richard Ploch noted the autopsy wasn't ideal, as the body had decomposed and been visited by predators. Still, "there was...

Coroner Releases Results of Gabby Petito Autopsy

He says the cause of death was strangulation

(Newser) - Gabby Petito died by strangulation, a Wyoming coroner disclosed Tuesday. After the 22-year-old's body was found last month, Teton County Coroner Brent Blue ruled that the death was a homicide . Petito's remains were found in Grand Teton National Park on Sept. 19 and Blue said Tuesday that the...

'1, 2, 3!,' a Leap Into the Water, Then: 'Help!'

More details on 'Glee' star Naya Rivera's final moments in new autopsy, investigative reports

(Newser) - Details released in July already laid out that Naya Rivera died by accidental drowning . Now, an update reveals more of what happened in her final moments, including information obtained from her young son, who was with her on California's Lake Piru when she died. Per full autopsy and investigative...

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