The much anticipated autopsy report on Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock did nothing to help explain why he carried out the deadliest shooting in modern US history—his body didn't hold diseases or drugs or other substances that could have caused aggressive behavior. In fact, it showed he was a sober, healthy 64-year-old. The report—released Friday in response to a lawsuit by the AP and the Las Vegas Review-Journal—showed Paddock had anti-anxiety drugs in his system but wasn't under the influence of them. The autopsy showed the 6-foot-1-inch Paddock was slightly overweight at 224 pounds and had high blood pressure and bad teeth. But there was nothing unusual in his physical condition, even after a microscopic brain examination conducted by experts at Stanford University. His cremated remains were released to his brother in January.
The motivation for the shooting has been a mystery since Paddock opened fire from the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel on Oct. 1, despite intensive investigation by local police and federal authorities. He fatally shot himself before officers stormed his suite after the shooting. A preliminary report released last month by Las Vegas police said the high-stakes gambler had been on a losing streak, was obsessed with cleanliness, was possibly bipolar, and was having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend, Marilou Danley. She told investigators Paddock was a germophobe and reacted strongly to smells. Paddock told friends and relatives he always felt ill, in pain, and fatigued, the report said. His doctor suspected he may have had bipolar disorder, but Paddock refused to discuss that possibility, the doctor told police. The doctor offered him antidepressants, but Paddock would only accept a prescription for anxiety medication. Paddock was fearful of medication and often refused to take it, the doctor noted.
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