LA County Coroner Official Dies Under ‘Suspicious Circumstances’ Same Week As Full Breitbart Cause of Death Report to Be Released; Poisoning Suspected…
LA Times Reported:
Poisoning suspected in sudden death of coroner’s official
He spent his life trying to determine how people died. But now his colleagues are searching for answers after he died under mysterious circumstances.
Los Angeles police detectives, with the help of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, are investigating the death of Michael Cormier. Officials said he might have died of poisoning, but they have not provided further information.
Cormier, 61, died last week after being taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank from his North Hollywood home. Earlier he had complained of pain and vomiting.
Hospital staff notified police about concerns surrounding the cause of Cormier’s death.
“At this point we haven’t ruled out foul play,” said Lt. Alan Hamilton of the Los Angeles Police Department. “It is one of the things being considered. We are waiting for the coroner’s results.”
Ed Winter, deputy chief coroner, said that Cormier’s autopsy has been performed but that a cause of death has been deferred pending further tests.
Andrew Breitbart collapsed while walking near Westwood home
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart collapsed while walking near his Westwood home, his father-in-law said.
Sources told The Times that Breitbart was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center about midnight, where he was pronounced dead of natural causes. No further details were available.
His father-in-law, actor Orson Bean, told the Associated Press that a neighbor saw Breitbart fall and called paramedics. Bean also said Breitbart had suffered from heart problems in the past.
LA Coroner Confirms Andrew Breitbart’s Cause Of Death: Heart Failure
Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told Breitbart News that the final autopsy report would be released next week.
A press release issued by the Department of Coroner (below) notes: “No prescription or illicit drugs were detected. The blood alcohol was .04%,” a negligible amount.
The press release concludes: “No significant trauma was present and foul play is not suspected.”