September 6, 1985
A neurosurgeon was charged with murdering his Demerol-addicted wife with an overdose of the pain-killing narcotic, and the man's brother, an orthopedic surgeon, was charged as an accessory to murder. Dr. Stephen Marcus Levine, 42, formerly of Tarzana, allegedly issued more than 225 Demerol prescriptions--made out to a fictitious person--to his wife, Myrna Levine, 32, during the last 14 months of her life.
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July 22, 1990
What do you tell the family of a terminally ill cancer patient whose death later turns out to be the result of a medication error? FHP Hospital in Fountain Valley is faced with some good questions in just such a case, not only from the family but from state investigators. Moreover, there are troubling dimensions to the case about the evaluation and licensing of a nurse who hospital officials say mistakenly grabbed the wrong bottle off a shelf. Francis J.
March 31, 2006 |
The body of a 457-pound woman that lay in a morgue for nearly two months because of a dispute over the cost of her cremation would be cremated within a few days, officials said in Dallas. Charlotte Ann Blue wasn't immediately cremated because of a disagreement between Dallas County and its crematorium contractor. Blue's son, Sam Hunter, said he believed his mother had been cremated under a plan for indigent county residents until he called to get a death certificate.
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May 3, 1988
When Liberace died nearly 15 months ago, Riverside County Coroner Raymond Carrillo performed an autopsy and announced that, contrary to what the entertainer's personal physician had reported on his death certificate, the cause of death was an opportunistic form of pneumonia associated with AIDS. Carrillo's announcement infuriated Liberace's fans and family, led to a lawsuit against Riverside County and inspired what we regard as an ill-advised attempt to keep death certificates confidential.
October 11, 2011 |
Steve Jobs died of respiratory arrest and a pancreatic tumor, according to his death certificate released Monday. The Apple Inc. co-founder and chairman died around 3 p.m. Wednesday in his Palo Alto home, the certificate noted. Apple and Jobs' family announced his death Wednesday but did not provide details about the time, place or cause. Jobs resigned as Apple chief executive Aug. 24. He had been diagnosed in 2003 with a neuroendocrine tumor on his pancreas, and he underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
March 19, 2011 |
Every month for nearly 10 years, Ezzedin abu Azza's family traveled to the gates of Abu Salim prison in Tripoli to deliver a package of clothes, food and medicine, not knowing whether it ever reached him. They hadn't seen him since the day in 1993 when the 23-year-old was taken away for questioning by state security agents. But still they made their journey from Benghazi every month. Then, in 2002, the family was told he had died, six years earlier. Photos: A journey from Libya back to Egypt Here in this eastern city that has long simmered with resentment over the brutal rule of Moammar Kadafi, the Abu Azzas were among the lucky ones.
January 15, 1988 |
Investigators believe that an 83-year-old woman was dead when her head was surgically removed at a laboratory run by a group that freezes bodies in hopes of immortality, but they have not ruled out homicide as a cause of death, Riverside County coroner's officials said Thursday. "She was not alive at the time of decapitation," Daniel Cupido, coroner's supervising investigator, said at a press conference. But Cupido said investigators still have questions about her death. "Did she die naturally?
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July 27, 2009 |
In the days before Michael Jackson's death certificate was made public, only a few people had legitimate reason to view the file in the state's password-protected database. Even after the document was released, access was supposed to be limited to authorized staffers. But by the first week in July, the pop star's records had been viewed more than 300 times, said Craig Harvey, the chief coroner's investigator.
August 4, 1985 |
I am going to reduce everything that stands to rubble. And then I am going to burn the rubble. And then I am going to scatter the ashes. And then maybe someone will be able to see something as it really is. --Mel Lyman Mel Lyman often said he was God, the leader of a cosmic race. "It is a race beyond this world," Lyman once said. "If people are of my race they would recognize it. If not, it would never occur to them."