The Mesa City Police Department has opened an investigation into the death of Gary Lenius, the Arizona man whose wife claims he died after drinking Chloroquine to ward off the coronavirus.
Lenius's wife, Wanda, claims she served him a cocktail of a soda beverage and fish tank cleaner in a bungled attempt to ward off the coronavirus after hearing President Trump praise the drug as a Covid-19 cure.
Lenius, 68, died on March 22. His wife told several media outlets that both she and her husband consumed the cocktail after hearing Trump praise Chloroquine as a Covid-19 cure during a press briefing in March.
But police are suspicious that Lenius's death might be a homicide.
"As this is an active investigation, I cannot go into any details at this time regarding the case," said Detective Teresa Galder, the homicide detective handling the case.
Initial reports suggested the couple listened to Trump, and then "mindlessly" dank fish tank cleaner containing Chloroquine.
But friends of the couple said Lenius would not knowingly drink fish tank cleaner. They described Lenius as an "intelligent, levelheaded retired engineer" who had a troubled marriage that included a previous assault charge against his wife. She was ultimately found not guilty of assaulting him.
A source told The Washington Free Beacon that Wanda "would constantly berate Gary in public... Everyone was embarrassed for him, but he outwardly did not seem to care much."
The source added that Wanda often called her husband "doofus" and other derogatory insults in public.