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George Floyd, the Minnesota man whose death in police custody sparked violent protests across the nation, tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, his autopsy report shows.

Floyd, 46, died from asphyxia when a 200 lb. cop kneeled on his neck and chest, making it difficult for him to breathe.

The medical examiner said Floyd had likely recovered from the virus by the time of his death. The report indicated Floyd tested positive for the infectious disease on April 3, making it likely that he recovered by the time he died.

But the virus may have damaged his lungs, causing shortness of breath on exertion which would have caused him to fatigue easily.

The 20-page report also shows Floyd had traces of fentanyl and methamphetamines in his system when he died.

The report lists Floyd's cause of death as a heart attack complicated by law enforcement restraint and neck compression, which conflicts with a secondary autopsy paid for by the family that shows Floyd died of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure."

Derek Chauvin, 44, was fired from the Minneapolis police force along with three other officers who were at the scene and did nothing to save Floyd. All four officers are charged with his murder.

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An independent autopsy found that George Floyd died from traumatic asphyxia caused by external pressure on his neck and back.

Ben Crump, the attorney for Floyd's family, announced the new findings on Monday. He said an independent autopsy performed by Dr. Michael Baden determined that Floyd, 46, died from "asphyxiation from sustained pressure" that occurred when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, kneeled on Floyd's neck and back.

An initial autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner found that Floyd died from a combination of preexisting conditions, police restraint, and possible "intoxicants" in his body.

But the family was not satisfied by the initial findings and asked Dr. Baden to conduct an independent autopsy.

Dr. Baden performed a second autopsy on Jeffrey Epstein that determined his death was caused by homicidal violence.

Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson performed the autopsy and said there was "neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to Crump's statement. They added that "weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function."

Baden said Floyd died at the scene.

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A Minnesota medical examiner has determined that George Floyd died from the combined effects of Coronary Artery Disease, hypertensive heart disease, and a knee pressed against his neck and back.

The medical examiner found no evidence that Floyd died from traumatic asphyxia or strangulation, the complaint said, according to NBC News.

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Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for exactly 8 minutes and 45 seconds, was fired from the police force on Tuesday along with officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng.

The four officers responded to a 911 call of a "forgery in process" at Cup Foods on Monday, May 25.

According to the state charging documents, the officers found Floyd, 46, sitting in his car outside the store. He was removed from the car and arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill in the store.

The document states Floyd refused to get into a patrol unit and complained that he was claustrophobic and he could not breathe.

"While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe," the document said.

When Floyd was placed facedown on the pavement, Chauvin placed his left knee "in the area of Mr. Floyd's head and neck," according to prosecutors.

"Mr. Floyd said, 'I can't breathe' multiple times and repeatedly said, 'Mama' and 'please,' as well."

One of Chauvin's fellow officers suggested rolling Floyd over on his side, but Chauvin said, "No, staying put where we got him."

When Floyd eventually fell silent and stopped moving, "officer Kueng checked Floyd's wrist for a pulse and said, 'I couldn't find one.' None of the officers moved from their positions," the complaint said.

After three days of unrest, looting and vandalism in south Minneapolis, Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday and charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. There were no other arrests.

The coroner's report will likely form the basis of Chauvin's defense during his trial.

His legal team will attempt to convince a jury that Floyd would have died in police custody even if Chuavin had not kneeled on his carotid artery for 8 minutes and 45 seconds.

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Kobe Bryant's cause of death was revealed by the Los Angeles coroner's office on Wednesday night.

Bryant, 41, his daughter, Gianna Bryant, 13, and seven others died in a suspicious helicopter crash on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The coroner said all of the victims died from "blunt trauma" in a high impact crash. The manner of death was listed as an "accident."

All 9 bodies were identified through DNA and fingerprints, the coroner's office confirmed.

"Through the use of DNA and fingerprints, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner has identified all nine of the victims who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday," the statement said.

"On Tuesday body examinations were performed on all nine decedents. Their causes of death were certified as blunt trauma. The manner of death was certified as accident."

The other victims were identified as John Altobelli, 56, Alyssa Alobelli, 14, Keri Altobelli, 46, Sarah Chester, 45, Payton Chester, 13, Christina Mauser, 38, and the pilot Ara Zobayan, 50.

The coroner's report was released hours after Kobe's widow, Vanessa Bryant, 37, posted an emotional statement on Instagram.com.

"There aren't enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have then in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I'm not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it's impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way."

 

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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ??

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A Virginia woman who died after she was dropped off at an emergency room by a Redskins player had a fatal dose of fentanyl in her system.

According to a medical examiner's report, Julia Crabbe, 21, died from a fentanyl overdose in November.

Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson faces possible criminal charges even though the report stated Crabbe's manner of death was an accident.

"The manner of death is accident and the cause of death is fentanyl intoxication," the Medical Examiner told FOX 5 DC.

Crabbe was unresponsive when she was dropped off at the hospital by Nicholson and another man. She had been at Nicholson's home in Ashburn before she was dropped off.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Nicholson's home and found pills, marijuana, drug residue in foil, an iPhone and a notebook among other items.

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A pathologist who examined Jeffrey Epstein's body appeared to confirm rumors that Epstein was murdered in his Manhattan jail cell. Former NYC medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden claims the body bore signs of homicidal violence, not suicide.

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Epstein, 66, committed suicide by hanging in his Manhattan jail cell on August 10. He was charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking of minor girls, and was set to testify against his high-profile friends, including President Donald Trump (pictured right), in exchange for a more lenient sentence.

Baden said Epstein's body bore the telltale signs of homicidal strangulation, not suicide as was widely reported by the news media. "In 50 years I've not seen such injuries in a suicidal hanging," said Baden.

Baden, 85, was hired by Epstein's brother to conduct a thorough autopsy after the body was released to the family.

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Baden says the billionaire had two broken bones on the left and right sides of his larynx, around the Adam's apple. But the telltale sign of murder was a fracture to the hyoid bone in his neck above the Adam's apple.

"Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation," Baden told Fox News.

Baden worked on high-profile cases involving Nicole Simpson (O.J. Simpson's ex-wife), President John F. Kennedy, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, and more.

Baden said the Epstein case should have been investigated as a homicide. "It appears that this could have been a mistake. There's evidence here of homicide that should be investigated, to see if it is or isn't homicide."

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Tamla Horsford was found dead in the backyard of a home in North Forsyth County on Nov. 4, 2018. The medical examiner and Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled the cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma from an accidental fall off a residential deck.

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Tamla Horsford, of Cumming, GA, died from massive internal injuries, according to the medical examiner's report released by the Fulton County Sheriff's office on Friday.

Horsford, a 40-year-old mother of six, died on Nov. 4, 2018 after attending a "football moms" sleepover at the home of a friend in Cumming, GA. Her death was ruled an accident at a Feb. 20 press conference by Major Joe Perkins, head of the sheriff's major case unit.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon

A judge has agreed to unseal Bobbi Kristina Brown's autopsy report.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry M. Newkirk lifted the protective order sealing the autopsy report at the request of NBC affiliate 11Alive News.

Bobbi Kristina died on July 26, six months after she was found unresponsive in her bathtub at her Roswell, Georgia townhome. She was 22.

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Mike Brown

The results of a private autopsy conducted on the body of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo. cop on Aug. 9, shows Brown was not shot in the back as previously reported by witnesses.

The preliminary autopsy results show Brown was shot at least six times in the front -- 4 times in his right arm, once in the right eye and one shot to the top of the head, according to the report obtained by The New York Times.

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Paul Walker

The production team behind the Fast & Furious movie franchise released a moving tribute to actor Paul Walker, 40, who was incinerated along with a friend in a single car accident in California last weekend.

Predictably, the coroner's report listed the cause of Walker's death as "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries" from the high speed impact and the fire that engulfed the $450,000 Porsche Carrera GT that Walker was riding in.

According to the coroner's report, Walker initially survived the violent impact, but he died "within seconds" after the crash.

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A North Carolina woman was charged with killing her husband after a funeral home discovered fatal stab wounds in his corpse that the police missed.

Toni Marsha Talley, 32, is being held on $200,000 bail at Harnett County Detention Center in Spring Lake, N.C.

Family members of 39-year-old David Lokeith Worley initially were told he died in a single car accident on July 19. But skeptical family members asked funeral home employees to give them the results of Worley's necropsy.

Funeral home employee Vernon Peterson found the fatal stab wounds in Worley's back and reported his findings to police, according to ABC news affiliate WTVD.

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