Woman's Death the First Linked to 9/11 Dust

NYC medical examiner connects WTC exposure to fatal illnesses
By Ben Worthen,  Newser User
Posted May 24, 2007 8:00 AM CDT
Toxic dust fills the air.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Felicia Dunn-Jones is being added to the list of 9/11 victims—the first death officially linked to dust from the collapsing towers.  Killed in 2002 by sarcoidosis exacerbated by the deadly dust, she was initially rejected from the list for lack of evidence. But the cause of death is now, after four years, being officially changed to "homicide."

The decision to add Dunn-Jones follows years of petitioning. The medical examiner finally ruled that, "it is likely, with certainty beyond a reasonable doubt, that exposure to W.T.C. dust was harmful to her.”  This announcement also has ramifications for lawsuits  on behalf of 9/11 first-responders, who suffer similar ailments.