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October 23, 1998 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38. Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
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April 16, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A federal judge in Boston ruled Wednesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may view autopsy photographs of three people who died in the Boston Marathon bombings and indicated that he might ease some of the restrictions on the defendant to allow him unmonitored visits with his family. Tsarnaev, 20, has been held in federal custody since his arrest last year in the April 15 explosions at the finish line area of the marathon. He faces the death penalty if convicted of 30 counts, including detonating a weapon of mass destruction resulting in deaths.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1997 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emil Matasareanu, the bank robber shot by police in a wild gun battle in North Hollywood and given no medical care, was hit 29 times and bled to death from two bullet wounds to his thigh, the Los Angeles County coroner's office revealed Thursday. His partner, Larry Eugene Phillips Jr.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The day after Peaches Geldof's death, authorities are searching in and around the house where the model, writer and socialite was found, with an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.  After the autopsy, the coroner will open an investigation and decide whether an inquest -- such as that into the death of singer Amy Winehouse -- is merited, according to the U.K.'s Mirror.  No evidence of drugs was found at the home near London where the 25-year-old was...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two El Segundo toddlers found dead in their beds last spring were poisoned by oleander leaves from a neighbor's yard that they picked and ate, coroner's officials said Tuesday. The case of Alexei and Peter Wiltsey, ages 2 and 3, represents the first confirmed accidental deaths by oleander poisoning in county history, said coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier.
NEWS
April 30, 1994 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concluding the most sensational medical investigation in local history, the Riverside County coroner's office announced Friday that Gloria Ramirez died of kidney failure as a result of cervical cancer--and the fumes that sickened the emergency room staff tending her probably were simply the smell of death.
NEWS
August 14, 1997 | From Associated Press
JonBenet Ramsey's body was sprawled on the living room floor, covered with a blanket when the coroner arrived. Around her neck was a cord attached to a stick that was believed to have been used as a garrote. Wednesday's court-ordered release of the complete autopsy report on the 6-year-old beauty queen provided grisly new details but didn't give the time of death, which could help investigators pinpoint who was around her. JonBenet's body was discovered in the basement of her family's house Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Joseph Serna
Autopsies are scheduled Tuesday for "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend who were killed in a fiery car crash over the weekend in Santa Clarita, coroner officials said. The Los Angeles County coroner has yet to officially identify the actor and his friend, Roger Rodas, as the two victims in part because their bodies were badly burned, requiring the use of dental records. Authorities, meanwhile, have not determined what caused the crash about 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Hercules Street, but are investigating if speed played a factor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1992 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Porcaro, drummer for the rock band Toto, died of hardening of the arteries caused by cocaine use--not from an allergic reaction to a pesticide as originally reported, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Thursday, The 38-year-old rock star fell ill after spraying insecticide in the yard of his Hidden Hills home Aug. 5, and died that evening at Humana Hospital-West Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Autopsies on “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who were killed in a fiery crash Saturday, have been completed but final results are not yet available, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Examinations have been completed, but the final identification of the bodies will not begin until Tuesday evening, said Craig Harvey of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. It is not yet clear who was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. "No results will be released until at the earliest, tomorrow," he said in an email.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Federal prosecutors intend to enter autopsy photos of the three Boston Marathon victims into evidence, but they want bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to see only the pictures that will be used in his trial. On Monday, prosecutors asked a federal judge in Boston to grant a protective order that would bar Tsarnaev, 20, from looking at any autopsy photos of bombing victims Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu unless the images are entered into the court record. Tsarnaev is eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted in the April 15 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260. He has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction.
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius bent over in his seat and retched violently at his murder trial Monday as a pathologist graphically detailed the wounds that killed the double-amputee Olympic runner's girlfriend. It was by all appearances a harrowing day for Pistorius, who is accused of the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. Earlier, during a court break, he was hunched over and deeply upset, with his sister, Aimee, and brother, Carl, hugging him. Steenkamp was staying at the athlete's house on the night of the killing.
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Athlete Oscar Pistorius used expanding bullets that mushroom on impact and cause maximum tissue damage when he shot his girlfriend to death, a pathologist testified Monday in a South African court. One of those bullets penetrated Reeva Steenkamp's head and broke up in her brain, causing a catastrophic injury, and another hit her right hip, shattered a hip bone and broke into small pieces in her body, said pathologist Gert Saayman, who conducted the autopsy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Richard Winton
The autopsy for a Grammy-award winning art director killed when a car driven by Salma Hayek's brother crashed found that the passenger died from the impact of the collision. Ian Cuttler Sala, 43, of New York died of multiple traumatic injuries from Sunday's crash, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Coroner's officials ruled the wreck an accident, but Los Angeles police said excessive speed and the winding road may have been factors. Sami Hayek, 40, was driving a Ford GT supercar in Beverly Crest on Sunday afternoon when he lost control on a curvy stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Mapleton Drive, crossed into the westbound lanes and collided with a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Philip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday from an apparent drug overdose, but the wait for an official cause of death isn't over: The autopsy conducted on his body didn't tell the tale clearly, and toxicology tests are still pending. A spokeswoman from the New York City medical examiner's office explained it Wednesday to Nation Now . "Our examination has been concluded but the results are inconclusive," Julie Bolcer told The Times. "We are awaiting results and additional studies. " The screen and stage actor was found dead in his New York City apartment with a syringe in his left forearm and drug paraphernalia nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
“Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker and his friend were traveling at more than 100 mph when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in which they were riding crashed, killing them both, according to a Los Angeles County coroner's report released Friday. The limited-production sports car was in the No. 1 lane on Hercules Street in Santa Clarita on Nov. 30 when Walker's friend, Roger Rodas, lost control of the vehicle, officials said. The autopsy report is the first time authorities have estimated speeds for the Porsche or detailed any of vehicle's movements.  DOCUMENTS: Read the autopsies The vehicle was eastbound when skid marks show it went out of control, spun around, hit the southern sidewalk and smashed the driver's side of the car into a tree and light post, according to the coroner's report.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
The medical examiner completed the autopsy of Terri Schiavo on Friday, clearing the way for the release of the body to her husband, who plans to cremate her remains and bury the ashes without telling his in-laws when or where. Results of the autopsy might not be released for several weeks, the medical examiner's office said. Michael Schiavo hopes the autopsy will settle questions about her medical condition, but experts differ on whether that will happen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1996
An autopsy on a baby that was found washed ashore in Malibu last week has revealed that the infant was a girl and had been in the water for several days, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said. The cause of death has not been determined and a pathology report is pending, said Deputy Gabe Ramirez. Detectives have been unable to identify the girl or discover where she came from, he said.
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