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Mystery of George Michael's Death Is Brought to a Close

Coroner says it was natural causes, brought on by heart disease and a fatty liver

(Newser) - What was once deemed "inconclusive" has now arrived at a conclusion, though that conclusion may be cold comfort to fans, friends, and family. Early autopsy results on George Michael couldn't peg what caused his Christmas Day death , but on Tuesday, a UK coroner announced the 53-year-old singer had... More »

No Answers in George Michael Autopsy Results

'Inconclusive,' police say

(Newser) - Initial autopsy results on George Michael are in, and it looks like … we'll have to wait a little longer for insight into the singer's death. "The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out," according to a statement from Thames... More »

Teens' Bodies Were Left Posed Behind Publix

Including one left in a 'sexually explicit fashion'

(Newser) - One of two victims found dead behind a Publix grocery store in Georgia earlier this month was naked, her body placed in a "sexually explicit fashion," according to an autopsy. Natalie Henderson's body also revealed she had been shot in the head at close range, reports the... More »

Ohio Murder Victims May Have Put Up a Fight

Autopsies show some had soft tissue bruising

(Newser) - While authorities say some of the victims of Ohio's "execution-style" killings died in their sleep, others may have put up a fight. Autopsies show some members of the Rhoden family had soft tissue bruising, suggesting they resisted their killer or killers, the Pike County Medical Examiner said Tuesday,... More »

Rocker's Death Ruled a Suicide

Keith Emerson shot himself in the head: autopsy

(Newser) - A Los Angeles coroner's official says the death of Keith Emerson , keyboardist and co-founder of the seminal progressive rock group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, has been ruled a suicide. The determination was made after an autopsy showed Emerson shot himself in the head, the official tells the AP . He... More »

Here's What Killed Bobbi Kristina Brown

Drugs, water a factor in pneumonia death

(Newser) - Bobbi Kristina Brown died as a result of having her face immersed in water, along with drug intoxication, though the official cause of death is pneumonia caused by those factors, according to a freshly unsealed autopsy report. The document—released by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office on Friday,... More »

County: Sandra Bland Had Marijuana in Her System

DA says 'large amount' turned up in toxicology report

(Newser) - Autopsy results out today on Sandra Bland point to suicide by hanging, reports CNN . But the bigger headlines were revolving around the presence of marijuana in Bland's system. Reuters reports that the Waller County district attorney sent the following text to the family attorney: "Looking at the autopsy... More »

Music Streaming Pioneer Found Dead in Bed

Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg 'looked like he was sleeping,' mom says

(Newser) - The co-founder of an online music streaming service has mysteriously died just months after the company was forced to shut down, the Gainesville Sun reports. Josh Greenberg, who helped start Grooveshark in 2006 and inspired fellow startup pioneers, was found dead by his girlfriend last night in Gainesville, Fla. His... More »

Court: Coroners Don't Have to Return Bodies With All Their Parts

Parents buried son, learned of brain in a jar months later

(Newser) - Families who bury loved ones whose body has been looked at by a medical examiner may not be burying their whole bodies. And New York's highest court ruled yesterday that it's OK. The unusual case involves the death of 17-year-old Jesse Shipley of New York City in a... More »

Van Driver Charged With Freddie Gray's Murder

Five more officers charged in his death

(Newser) - To cheers from local residents, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced today there was no probable cause for Freddie Gray's arrest and that six police officers will be charged in connection with the 25-year-old's death, NBC News reports. The stiffest charge—second-degree murder—will be filed against... More »

Autopsy: Gymnast's Head Crushed by Dumbwaiter

Brooke Baures killed in freak accident at Wisconsin restaurant

(Newser) - An autopsy finds that a waitress died of severe head injuries after getting her head caught in a dumbwaiter at a Wisconsin restaurant last week, police said yesterday. Fountain City Police Chief Jason Mork released the autopsy results for 21-year-old Brooke Baures, a senior and standout gymnast at Winona State... More »

Coroner: No Booze, Drugs in Suicide of Robin Williams

Report confirms suicide by hanging

(Newser) - The coroner in Marin County, Calif., today confirmed that Robin Williams' death was indeed caused by suicide , reports CNN . The 63-year-old had no alcohol in his system when he hanged himself at his home, and the only drugs found were from prescribed medication in "therapeutic concentrations." The coroner... More »

New Autopsy: Michael Brown Shot in Hand at Close Range

Supports 'significant altercation' in car; Toxicology finds pot in his system

(Newser) - Two different autopsies, two different conclusions: The official St. Louis County autopsy of Michael Brown , killed by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, indicates the Ferguson teen was shot at close range in the hand—contrasting with results of a private autopsy released Aug. 18 that said Brown had no... More »

Autopsy: Michael Brown Was Shot 6 Times

Pathologist says teen shot in head; mom calls for officer's arrest

(Newser) - The results of a private autopsy on Michael Brown may escalate tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, even further: The examiner says the unarmed teenager was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, and all the bullets came from the front, reports the New York Times . Pathologist Michael Baden,... More »

Feds Order 2nd Autopsy for Michael Brown

Federal ME will step in due to 'extraordinary circumstances'

(Newser) - Eric Holder today ordered a second autopsy for Michael Brown, reports CBS , this time to be performed by a federal official. "Due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family, Attorney General Holder has instructed Justice Department officials to arrange for... More »

Hoffman Had Heroin, Cocaine, Other Drugs in System

Coroner rules his death an accidental toxic mix

(Newser) - New York's medical examiner has confirmed that Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental drug overdose. But it wasn't just heroin in the 46-year-old's system, as earlier reported. Toxicology results conducted after the first inconclusive autopsy also found cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine, reports the Daily News . The... 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 »

Report: 50 Envelopes at Hoffman's Likely Heroin

Along with more than 20 used needles

(Newser) - We're still waiting for the results of Philip Seymour Hoffman's autopsy, which will be completed later today, but a search of his home makes the prevailing heroin overdose theory look seriously likely. Authorities found nearly 50 envelopes of what they think is heroin in the apartment, along with... More »

Another Report Backs Arafat's 'Natural' Death

He died of natural causes, not poison, says Russia

(Newser) - Russian scientists are siding with the French when it comes to how Yasser Arafat died. He wasn't poisoned, they say, despite what Swiss scientists found to "moderately support" that theory. "Yasser Arafat died not from the effects of radiation but of natural causes," the head of... More »

Autopsy Results Finally Out in Odd Hollywood Murder

Publicist Ronni Chasen died of multiple gunshot wounds in 2010

(Newser) - Autopsy results have finally been released in the mysterious 2010 murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. Chasen, who was driving home from the Burlesque premiere at the time, was killed by "multiple gunshot wounds" to the body, according to the newly-released coroner's report. She was hit four times,... More »

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