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Terence Crutcher Had PCP in System When Shot

This doesn't change the case, lawyer says

(Newser) - The unarmed black man shot dead by police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Okla., last month had PCP in his system when he died, according to a toxicology analysis in an autopsy report released Tuesday. The Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Office says the hallucinogen was found in the blood... More »

Hoffman Autopsy: Inconclusive

More tests are needed to determine cause of death

(Newser) - The preliminary autopsy results for Philip Seymour Hoffman are in, and they're inconclusive. A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office says that further tests are needed to get a definite cause of death; she declined to say which tests will be performed, but the AP notes that toxicology... More »

No Signs of Brain Damage in Lanza: Medical Examiner

Official cautions against expecting answers

(Newser) - Don't hold your breath, is basically the advice of Connecticut's chief medical examiner to anyone expecting science to provide insight into the mind of Adam Lanza. Toxicology and genetic testing is ongoing, but the autopsy H. Wayne Carver II conducted found no "gross deformity" or tumors in... More »

Mary Kennedy on Antidepressants, But Sober at Death

Autopsy finds 3 antidepressants in Kennedy's blood

(Newser) - Mary Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife who committed suicide in May , had three kinds of antidepressants in her system at the time of her death, but no alcohol, according to a toxicology report released yesterday. The medical examiner found Trazodone, Desmethylvenlafaxine, and Venlafaxine in Kennedy's... More »

20 Docs Subpoenaed in Corey Haim Case

Dead star got prescriptions from many sources

(Newser) - The LA County coroner’s office has subpoenaed the records of the whopping 20 doctors Corey Haim obtained prescriptions from in the year before his death. “We get medical records all the time,” the deputy coroner tells the Los Angeles Times . “What’s kind of unusual is... More »

Brittany Murphy Autopsy: Cause of Death 'Deferred'

Final report must await toxicology test results

(Newser) - Brittany Murphy's autopsy is complete, but the LA county coroner's office won't determine an official cause of death until after the completion of toxicology tests, which could take as long as 2 months. The 32-year-old actress, who died yesterday after suffering cardiac arrest, was bleeding internally before her death, a... More »

Doctors Could Face Charges in Jackson's Death

Anyone who gave the pop star Diprivan was 'reckless, outrageous'

(Newser) - If all the reports and rumors swirling around Michael Jackson’s death are accurate, his doctors should be worried, Time reports. Police have indicated that they’re considering criminal charges, and the investigation reportedly centers on those doctors. TMZ has reported that Jackson may have been administered Diprivan, which is... More »

Jacksons Told Death May Be Crime, Med Files Subpoenaed

(Newser) - The Los Angeles coroner has subpoenaed all of Michael Jackson's medical records, and his family has been told that the investigation into his death could become a criminal prosecution, a source tells CNN. Detectives have spoken to several of Jackson's past and present doctors, and they will decide whether to... More »

EPA Dumped Toxicologist at Industry Request

Chemical manufacturer complained of bias

(Newser) - The EPA removed an award-winning toxicologist from a chemical review panel at the urging of the chemical-industry lobby, reports the LA Times. Deborah Rice had previously testified in the Maine legislature that deca, used as a flame retardant in electronics, may have adverse effects on brain development. Lobbyists said her... More »

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