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New! Read the autopsy report of Ken'neka Jenkins. Jenkins was a 19 year old female who was found dead in the Rosemont Crown Plaza hotel freezer September 10th, 2017, about 21 hours after she went missing following a party she attended in a ninth-floor room. Rosemont police department said they found no evidence that Jenkins was the victim of foul play — contrary to the many conspiracy theories that have sprouted on social media. Jenkins was seen on surveillance video stumbling through the hallways of the hotel and through the kitchen. The freezer in question where Jenkins was found is located in an unused area of a second kitchen. The second kitchen had to be reached by going up a set of stairs. This kitchen area was said to be unused at the time of Jenkins' death. There is a large walk-in cooler accessible at the back of the second kitchen. The walk-in freezer was located at the back of the cooler. There has been no indication from police that any surveillance video exists that directly shows Jenkins entering the freezer where she was found. However, motion-sensor cameras in the kitchen indicate no one else went into the freezer area of the kitchen for days prior to Jenkins entering the kitchen, and no one entered the area after that until the time her body was discovered, according to police reports and surveillance video. The official manner of death is accidental and caused by hypothermia, with alcohol intoxication listed as a contributing factor. If you would like to see the surveillance video footage or the investigation photos please visit the Newsweek website.

New! Read the recently released classified documents regarding President John F. Kennedy's Assassination. You can view them at the National Archive Website here.

Read the autopsy report of actress, Carrie Fisher. Fisher is best known for her part in playing Princess Leia in the film series, Star Wars.  Her other notable roles was in movies When Harry Met Sally, The Burbs', The Blues Brothers, and Shampoo.  On December 23, 2016, Fisher was on a commercial flight from London to Los Angeles returning from her book tour when she stopped breathing and became unresponsive shortly before the plane was schedule to arrive in LA.  Passengers performed CPR and once in LA, Fisher was transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Memorial Center.  Unfortunately, four days later, on December 27, 2016, Fisher passed away.  The autopsy report revealed that Fisher had drugs in her system including cocaine, opioids (possibly heroin, morphine, and methadone), ecstasy (metabolite MDA was found in her system),  diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and fluoxetine (antidepressant). The official cause of death was "sleep apnea and other undetermined factors." Other conditions noted were "atherosclerosis and drug use." Manner of death is undetermined.

Read the autopsy report of musician, singer, and songwriter, Chris Cornell. Cornell, born John Boyle, was the lead vocalist for the bands, Soundgarden and Audioslave. Cornell was a talented and well seasoned musician selling over 14.8 albums.  He was nominated 14 times for the Grammy Awards, while winning  twice.  Early in the morning on May 18, 2017, Cornell was found dead by his bodyguard in the bathroom of his hotel room at the MGM Grand, in Detroit, Michigan. Cornell was found lying on the floor with an exercise band around his neck. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Cornell was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. on May 18, 2017. Cornell's autopsy report revealed that his cause of death was "suicide by hanging." His toxicology report revealed the singer had butabital, lorazepam, caffeine, pseudoephedrine, and its metabolite in his system. Hotel footage help assist the police in ruling out homicide. Cornell is buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

Read the autopsy report of hockey player, Tim Horton. Horton was a Canadian born defensemen who was part of the first group of players to be named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.  Horton played 24 seasons with his career spanning with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres. Horton and his wife, Lori, also opened up a coffee shop that blossomed into a well known coffee shop franchise, Tim Horton's.  On February 21, 1974, Horton was killed when he lost control of his sports car on the Queen Elizabeth Way in St. Catharines, Ontario. Initially, his autopsy was not made public; however, in 2005, the autopsy report was released revealed that Horton was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.  Amobarbital was also found in his blood.  Found amongst the crash debris, was a half-filled bottle of vodka. On his possession, the drugs,  Dexedrine, a stimulant; and Dexamyl, a stimulant/sedative was also found.

Read the death certificate of actor and entertainer, Bill Paxton. On February 25, 2017, Paxton died from a stroke which was a complication from recent aortic aneurysm and aortic valve repair. Paxton was an outstanding actor who starred in films such as Terminator, Weird Science, Aliens, Predator 2, Apollo 13, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow, and Nightcrawler.  Paxton won bester supporting actor in Aliens; and Outstanding Performance of a Cast Member in a motion picture in Apollo 13.

Review the autopsy report of Miami Marlin pitcher, Jose Fernandez. On September 25, 2016, Fernandez was killed in a boating accident after the boat he was riding in hit a jetty of the coast of Miami Beach, Florida. Fernandez suffered multiple head and torso injuries. His toxicology report later revealed he had cocaine and alcohol in his system.  You can also review the autopsy reports of his friends, Emilio Macias and Eduardo Rivero, who were also killed in the accident.

Review the autopsy report of lead tiger keeper, Stacey Konwiser.  On April 15, 2016, Konwiser was killed by a Malayan tiger named Hati when she entered the tiger enclosure at the Palm Beach Zoo in Florida. Konwiser supposedly entered the tiger's enclosure where the tiger eats and sleeps against zoo policy.  Konwiser's body exhibited  "penetrating puncture wounds, abrasions, contusions and crush injuries" to her neck, ultimately causing her death.

Read the death certificate of martial arts master, John Kim.  John C. Kim, founder and spiritual leader of a national chain of martial arts schools known as Chung Moo Quan, died on February 14, 2016.  In December 1996,  John C. Kim was convicted of a massive conspiracy to skim millions of dollars in cash profits and evade income taxes on the money. During eleven weeks of trial, evidence showed that Kim held a cult like status among a large group of loyal followers who regarded him as their spiritual leader as well as a master of physical martial arts movements. Former followers testified that Kim administered loyalty tests in which instructors were given a choice to leave the schools or die. For those who chose death, Kim would proceed to choke the instructor and then suddenly release the hold, declaring that the instructor had passed the loyalty test and would be spared.  Students believe that John C. Kim held the power to cure almost anything. The training was believed to build health and longevity. Kim’s death at 82 due to Coronary Artery disease that often develops over decades. There was no published obituary or public notice of his death in 2016. The cause of death was listed on the certificate of death as cardiogenic shock, myocardial Infarction, and coronary Artery Disease. (Contributed by website follower, Russell Johnson)

Review the autopsy report of Omar Mateen.  Mateen was a 29 year old male who was responsible for causing the deadly incident of violence against the LGBT community in United States history.  Early in the morning on June 12, 2016, Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and began shooting.   Mateen took hostages when the police arrived before finally being killed by police.  In the end, a total of 49 people were killed with another 53 people being injured. On his person, they discovered a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle; and a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol.  The motive for the shooting varies from Mateen seeking revenge for the Islamic state, versus anger against the LGBT community. Mateen's autopsy report revealed he was shot eight time. There was no drugs or alcohol detected in his system; however, there was anabolic steroids found in his urine.

Review the autopsy report of Sandra Bland.  Sandra Bland was a 28 year old black female who was found hung in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas on July 13, 2015.  Bland was initially stopped by a Texas State Trooper, Brian Encinia,  for a lane changing violation.  After the initial stop, Bland and Encinia got into a heated exchange. Bland was asked to exit her vehicle and in the aftermath, Encinia attempts to remove Bland from the car. Bland draws his taser stating to Bland "I will light you up!."  Bland exits the vehicle and was taken to the ground by Encinia with his knees on her back.  Bland was taken to the Waller County Jail and booked on charges of assaulting a public servant, as DPS records indicate Bland kicked Encinia.   After Bland was booked, bail was arraigned.  A jailer found Bland shortly after 9 AM on July 13, 2015 hanging from her cell.  The autopsy which was conducted listed the cause of death as asphyxiation and manner of death listed as suicide.  Toxicology reports revealed Bland had a high concentration of THC in her system and that she had to have used  a large amount of marijuana prior to her death.   Bland was found with a plastic garbage bag around her neck.  Investigation revealed that Bland's family stated she would not have committed suicide as she just got a new job.  However, social media investigation revealed Bland made several posts about her suffering from depression and PTSD.  There is questions surrounding Bland's intake form prior to jail if she had any prior suicide attempts.  Trooper Encinia was terminated for perjury.  There is a federal wrongful death suit filed by Bland's family which is pending. You can also read the police report about the incident.

Review the autopsy report of  American singer and song writer, Prince!  Prince Rogers Nelson was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota on April 21, 2016.  On April 21, 2016, at approximately 9:43 AM, a 911 call was placed stating Prince is unresponsive. Emergency responders arrived and performed CPR; however, they were unsuccessful and the star was pronounced dead at 10:07 AM.  Prince's autopsy report revealed no foul played and toxicology testing reveal the final cause of Prince's cause of death... Fentanyl toxicity.  Fentanyl is an opioid medication used to treat pain in the medical setting and is often abused.   In the days before Prince's death, Prince's representatives called Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California specialist in addiction medicine and pain management, seeking medical help for Prince. Dr. Kornfeld scheduled to meet with Prince on April 22, and he contacted a local physician who cleared his schedule for April 21, for an exam and to check on Prince's condition. The person placing the 9-1-1 call was later identified as Andrew Kornfield, Dr. Howard Kornfield's son,  who had flown in with buprenorphine that morning to devise a treatment plan for Prince's opioid addiction. Buprenorphrine is a medication that is a semi-synthetic opioid derivative and is a mixed partial agonist opioid receptor modulator that is used to treat opioid addiction in higher dosages.  After the autopsy, Prince was cremated. Prince was an outstanding artist who was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stones ranked Prince # 27 on it's list of 100 Greatest Artist. Prince produced top songs such as 1999, When Doves Cry, Raspberry Beret, Purple Rain, Let's Go Crazy, Pop Life, and Little Red Corvette.

Review the report from the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner releasing the cause of death of actor, Heath Ledger.  On January 22, 2008, Ledger was found unresponsive in his apartment and after unsuccessful attempts with CPR  to revive him, Ledger was pronounced dead.  An autopsy performed by the New York City Medical Examiner found the cause of death to be "cardiac arrest by acute prescription drug intoxication".   The toxicology report listed a combination of medications including oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine which were found in Ledger's system.  Ledger was a prominent Australian actor who starred in such films as A Knight's Tale, Brokeback Mountain, Ned Kelly, Monster's Ball, The Brothers Grimm, and I'm Not There

Review the full autopsy report of American reality television star, singer, and actress, Bobbi Kristina Brown.  On January 31, 2015, Brown was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Georgia home  by her fiancé, Nick Gordon. Gordon performed CPR until the paramedics arrived and Brown was transported to North Fulton Hospital where she was placed in a medically induced coma.  She was then moved to Emory University Hospital where she remained in a coma and on mechanical ventilation. The prognosis was grim and Brown was eventually deemed brain dead.  The family asked for several medical consultations to see if anything could be done for Bobbi Kristina; however, the prognosis was poor for her recovery.  In March 2015, Brown was moved to an Atlanta rehabilitation facility . Brown's health further deteriorated and she was eventually transferred to  Peachtree Christian Hospice where she died on July 26, 2015.  An autopsy was performed by the Fulton County Medical Examiner and her official cause of death was listed as "lobar pneumonia due to Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, delayed effects due to Immersion of face in water complicating mixed drug intoxication." Bobbi Kristina is the daughter of singers, Bobby Brown, and the late, Whitney Houston.  Brown was buried next to her mother in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, New Jersey.  Thank you to Dan Worthy for providing us with the autopsy report!

Review the autopsy report and death certificate of Lee Harvey Oswald, who, on November 22, 1963, assassinated John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of America in Dallas, Texas as the president rode in his motorcade. 

Review the autopsy report of actor Robin Williams. On August 11, 2014, Williams was found dead at the age of 63 in his Northern California home. The official cause of death is listed as a suicide due to hanging.  Williams was known for his star performances in movies such as Popeye, Hook, AladdinMrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society, Flubber, The Crazy Ones, Good Morning, Vietnam; Awakenings, and Night at the Museum.  He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting.  He also starred alongside Pam Dawber in the ABC sitcom, Mork and Mindy.

Review the autopsy report of Fast and the Furious actor, Paul Walker. On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker, along with his business partner, Roger Rodas, was killed in an automobile crash after leaving a charity event.  Walker had just left an event Reach Out Worldwide , supporting victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  At approximately, 3:30pm PST, Rodas driving his red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT lost control and crashed in a light pole and tree in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California. The car burst into flames.  Both Walker and Rodas died at the scene.  The autopsy report reveals  the cause of his death as "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries." Walker was a tremendous actor who started his career  by initially starring in shows such as Highway to Heaven, Who's the Boss?, Touched By an Angel, and Young and the Restless.   As his career bloomed he gained supporting roles in films such as Pleasantville, Varsity Blues, She's All That, and The Skulls.  In 2001, his career took off getting a leading role as Brian O'Connor, in Fast and the Furious; and the in the 2003 sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious.  The film series was a hit with Walker just releasing Fast & Furious 6. Walker was filming Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death. View the Paul Walker Crash Scene Photos here.

Review the autopsy report of American beauty pageant queen, JonBenet RamseyJonBenét was an outstanding young beauty pageant star who was found murdered in the basement of her family's home on December 26, 1996. Her mother, Patricia Ramsey, noticed that JonBenét was missing and later found a ransom note demanding that a large sum of money be delivered in return for her daughter. After a extensive search, the Boulder, Colorado Police Department suggested that JonBenét 's father and family friends return to the house to look for anything unusual that may lead to his daughter's whereabouts. JonBenét's body was discovered covered in a blanket in the family's home. According to the autopsy, JonBenét was strangulated and suffered severe cranial trauma. The official cause of her death was asphyxiation due to strangulation associated with cranio-cerebral trauma. There was no evidence of break-in or forced entry into the family's household and there continues to be questions surrounding JonBenét's mysterious death. There have been several hypotheses regarding what happened in the Ramsey household that evening including accusations that Patricia Ramsey killed JonBenét in a fit of rage because her daughter wet her bed; and the possibility that her father, John Ramsey, was sexually abusing his daughter. Thus far, these speculations and accusations are unfounded as the case is still unsolved. In December 2003, forensic investigators extracted enough DNA from a blood sample obtained from JonBenét's underwear to establish a DNA profile that narrowed the search to that of a unknown male. To this date, the DNA is still unmatched. On October 25, 2013, court documents sealed in 1999 were released that revealed a 1999 grand jury had indicted John and Patsy Ramsey for child abuse resulting in death and being an accessory to a crime, including murder. The papers allege both parents intended to prevent or delay the arrest of the alleged killer. However, the indictments released did not say who killed JonBenet. . JonBenét is buried in Saint James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.

Review the autopsy report of Canadian actor, Cory Monteith.  Monteith was best known for his character Finn Hudson on the television series, Glee.  On July 13, 2013, Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room. The autopsy report specifies the cause of his death as "combined heroin and alcohol toxicity" by means of "intravenous heroin use in combination with ingestion of alcohol."   Monteith had a long history of drug abuse with occasional stints in treatment facilities and then again relapsing turning back to drugs.

Review the death certificate of actor,  Dennis Hopper.  Hopper was a talented actor who starred in great movie hits such as Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Rebel Without a Cause, Apocalypse Now, Hoosiers, Speed, Land of the Dead, and Space Truckers.   On May 29, 2010, Hopper passed away at his home in Venice, California succumbing to metastatic prostate cancer.  He is buried  Jesus Nazareno Cemetery, Ranchos de Taos in New Mexico.

See the suicide video of former Pennsylvania Treasurer, R. Budd Dwyer.  Dwyer was the 30th Treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania. On January 22, 1987, Dwyer called a news conference in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg where he took his own life in front of the gathered reporters with a .357 caliber revolver. Dwyer's suicide was also broadcast to a wide television audience across the state of Pennsylvania.  In the early 1980s, Pennsylvania discovered its state workers had overpaid federal taxes due to errors in state withholding. Many accounting firms competed for a multimillion-dollar contract to determine compensation to each employee. In 1986, Dwyer was convicted of receiving a bribe from a California firm trying to gain the contract. Throughout his trial and after his conviction, he maintained that he was innocent of the charge and that he had been framed. Dwyer was scheduled to be sentenced on those charges on January 23, 1987, the day after his suicide. You may also watch the non-violent footage that stops prior to the suicide.


Review the death certificate of actor, Patrick Swayze.  Swayze was an outstanding actor who starred in movies such as Dirty DancingGhost, The Outsiders Point Break,  and Red Dawn. He also starred in the North and South television miniseries broadcast.  In addition, Swayze co-wrote the song "She's Like the Wind."  At the time, the song reached number 3 on the  Billboard Hot 100. In 2008, Swayze was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer.  He endured several forms of treatment; however, succumbed to the disease on September 14, 2009.

Review the autopsy report of former Kansas City Chiefs defensive linebacker, Jovan Belcher. Belcher was involved in a murder-suicide in which he shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and then went to the team's training facility at Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in the parking lot in front of former Kansas City Chiefs general manager, Scott Pioli, and coaches, Romeo Crennel and Gary Gibbs.

Review the autopsy report of East Coast rapper and hip-hop artist, Christopher George Latore Wallace, also known as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, and Frank White.  Wallace began rapping as a teenager and some of his work was presented as a demo tape to Uptown Records. He signed with the label and eventually left and joined Bad Boy Records, a record label founded in 1993 by producer and rapper,  Sean "Diddy" Combs.  Wallace produced two albums, Right to Die and Life After Death.  The song "Hypnotize" was a Grammy-nominated hip-hop song  on the Life After Death album that was fifth song to hit #1 posthumously for a credited artist.  In March 1997, Wallace was in California to promote his second album. On the night of March 8, 1997, Wallace attended the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards and then proceeded to attend an after party.  Approximately around 12:30 am on March 9, 1997, Wallace left the after party and proceeded with his entourage back to his hotel.  Wallace and his entourage were in two GMC Suburban vehicles accompanied by his record label's director of security.  As Wallace's vehicle was at a red light, a black Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside Wallace's vehicle and the driver of the Impala, an African American male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol and fired at the GMC Suburban, with four bullets hitting Wallace. Wallace's entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors  were unsuccessful in saving him Wallace was pronounced dead at 1:15 AM. According to the autopsy report, Wallace died as a result of a "gunshot wound to the abdomen-chest."  Three of the four bullets were non-fatal shots. 

Review the autopsy report of actor and former star of Saturday Night Live!, Phil Hartman.  Hartman was a victim of a murder-suicide when in the early morning hours on May 28, 1998, his third wife, Brynn, shot him three times. She later went to a friend house to confess her crime and then went back to her residence and then committed suicide with a gunshot to the head.

Review the death certificate of American musician, singer and songwriter, Jimi Hendrix.  Hendrix, famous for his guitar playing skills using his classic Stratocaster, Black Beauty, mesmerized the crowd at Woodstock in 1969 by playing his rendition of the The Star-Spangled Banner, which he then morphed into Purple Haze.  On September 18, 1970, Hendrix was found unresponsive by his girlfriend Monica Dannemann. There is some controversy about what really happened to Jimi Hendrix as his girlfriend's story conflicts with autopsy data.  Hendrix's girlfriend states that she found him unresponsive but alive around 11:00 AM. The ambulance was called at 11:18 AM and arrived at 11:27 AM. Hendrix's girlfriend states that he was alive when he was placed in the ambulance and she rode with him to St. Mary Abbots Hospital.  Police and ambulance statements discount her statements as they stated no one was at the residence upon arrival and that Hendrix was already deceased.  The official cause of death is listed as "inhalation of vomitus" and "barbiturate intoxication (quinalbarbitone)." It also stated that there was insufficient evidence of circumstances to state the manner of death.

Review the death certificate of Dick Clark, who was a talented radio and television personality, who was known for hosting American Bandstand in addition to the game show, Pyramid. He also annually hosted the New Year's Eve celebration, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, live from Times Square in New York City.  His participation in the event was minimal in the past few years as the result of a stroke that left him with speech impairment. On April 18, 2012, Dick Clark died from a myocardial infarction (hear attack) following a surgical procedure to fix an enlarged prostate.

Review the autopsy report of American ultra-runner, Micah True . Micah True, also know by his birth name Michael Randall Hickman, and also known as Caballo Blanco, was the organizer of the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon  to help the Tarahumara natives preserve their culture and running heritage. On March 27, 2012, True failed to return home after his daily run in the Gila Wilderness in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.  On March 31, 2012, True was found dead near a stream.  His autopsy was inconclusive and his death was ruled a natural death and was most likely caused by "idiopathic cardiomyopathy" and cardiac arrhythmia brought on by exertion.

Review the autopsy report of Junior Seau,  NFL All-Pro linebacker who played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots.  On May 2, 2012, Seau was found dead after committing suicide. The autopsy report lists the official cause of death "suicide due to a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest."

Review the autopsy report of Rodney King, an African-American construction worker who became well known after being beaten harshly by Los Angeles police officers, Timothy Wind and  Laurence Powell, following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991.  4 officers were indicted but were later acquitted of all charges. This acquittal sparked outrage and led tot he Los Angeles Riots of 1992, which caused 53 deaths, 2,383 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, damage to 3,100 businesses, and nearly $1 billion in financial losses. On June 17, 2012, King was found by his fiancee at the bottom of his swimming pool. He was taken to hospital; however, was pronouced dead at 6:11 AM PST.  The official autopsy report lists the cause of death as "accidental drowning" with contributing factors including alcohol, cocaine, PCP, and marijuana.

Autopsy Reports

Review the autopsy report, death certificate, and FBI Vault Files of Marilyn Monroe, who was a talented American actress and iconic sex symbol of the big screen. She starred in hit movies such as Bus Stop, getting a Golden Globe nomination; and winning a Golden Globe Award for Some Like It Hot. Marilyn was married to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio before divorcing him. After her death, Joe had a half-a-dozen red roses delivered to her grave three times a week for 20 years. On August 5, 1962, Marilyn was found early in the morning dead in her bed. Her  psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson called 911 to report Monroe was found dead at her home. Her toxicology report stated that eight milligram per cent of Chloral hydrate and 4.5 milligram percent of Nembutal were found in her system. Dr. Thomas Noguchi of the Los Angeles County Coroners office recorded cause of death as "acute barbiturate poisoning," resulting from a "probable suicide." There are several conspiracy theories that Marilyn's death was the result of the mafia or CIA; or it was rumored that she had affairs with John and Robert Kennedy. It was supposedly reported that last person who talked to Marilyn was the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.  Also, check on our new Marilyn Monroe Death Photo Gallery!

Review the autopsy report of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement who was assassinated by James Earl Ray as he stood on the second floor balcony at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. In 1957, King co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with other civil rights activists. The group was created to harness the moral authority and organizing power of black churches to conduct non-violent protests in the service of civil rights reform. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination. On March 29, 1968, King was in Memphis in support of black sanitary public works employees who were on strike. On April 4, 1968, at approximately 6:01 p.m. as King stood on the second floor balcony, he was shot as a bullet ripped through his right cheek and jaw and traveled down his spinal column and into the chest. He was taken to nearby St. Joseph Hospital and underwent emergency surgery; however, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. The official cause of death is listed as "gunshot wound with total transection of the lower cervical and upper thoracic spinal column" with contributing factors including "laceration of the vertebral artery, subclavian artery, and jugular vein."  Also, review other crime scene reports and pictures at the Shelby County, Tennessee Register of Deeds

Review the autopsy report of former Major League Baseball pitcher, Jose Lima . Lima was a right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic who spent 13 seasons playing with various MLB teams including the Detroit Tigers, Houston Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets.  On May 23, 2012, around 6:00 AM, Jose was found by his girlfriend to be diaphoretic, snoring, and acting strangely. Jose then was unresponsive. 911 was called and he was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California where he was pronounced dead at 6:52 AM PST. The LA County Coroner could not determine the cause of death after autopsy and toxicology studies.  The heart showed mild hypertrophy; perivascular and interstitial fibrosis were also present. No abnormalities of the cardiac conduction system were found on microscopic examination.  They concluded Jose Lima most likely died as a result of "cardiac arrhythmia."

Review the autopsy report of former quarterback of the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens,  Steve McNair , and his mistress, Sahel Kazemi.

Review the post mortem /autopsy report of actor, Sherman Hemsley.  Hemsley, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,  was best known for his role as George Jefferson on the sitcom, The Jeffersons. Hemsley acting career started in the 1970's when he took a part in the Broadway musical, Purlie.  In 1971, Hemsley was called to tryout for the part of George Jefferson in the sitcom All in the Family alongside, Carroll O'Connor.  In 1975, Hemsley alongside Isabel Sanford, were given the lead roles in a spin-off from All in the Family, The Jeffersons, which ran for 11 seasons until 1985.  In 1986, Hemsley joined the cast of the sitcom, Amen as Deacon Ernest Frye. Amen ran for 5 seasons until it ended in 1991.  On July 24, 2012, Sherman Hemsley passed away at his home in El Paso, Texas. The post mortem report stated he died as a result of "superior vena cava syndrome due to a malignant lung mass.

Review the official autopsy report of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year-old male who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, while walking through The Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. While on a private errand, Zimmerman saw Martin walking inside the gated community where Martin was visiting his father and his father's fiancée. Zimmerman called the Sanford Police Department to report Martin's behavior as suspicious. Shortly afterwards, there was an altercation, which ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin once in the chest at close range. Once Sanford Police arrived at the scene, Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and mouth; and had two vertical lacerations on the back of his head. EMTs treated Zimmerman at the scene, after which he was taken to the Sanford Police Department. Zimmerman was detained and questioned for approximately two hours, during which time he taped a video statement, and then he was released without being charged.Zimmerman alleges he shot Martin in self-defense; however, on April 11, 2012, he is charged with second-degree murder. On April 23, 2012, Zimmerman is released on $ 150,000 bail.

Review the official autopsy report of Sam Kinison, former Pentecostal preacher turned comedian and actor, who was killed when his 1989 Pontiac Trans Am was hit by a pickup truck driven by a 17 year old male who was intoxicated. The accident occurs on U.S. Route 95 several miles from the town of Needles, California. Kinison was taken to Needles Desert Communities Hospital were he was pronounced dead. His dead was listed as "multiple traumatic injuries" resulting from a motor vehicle accident.

Review the official autopsy report of Don Cornelius, who was a producer and television host of the American musical variety show, Soul Train.  Cornelius hosted Soul Train for 22 years.  On February 1, 2012, Cornelius died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Review the official autopsy report of Whitney Houston, Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, was found dead in her Beverly Hilton Hotel, room in Beverly Hills, California. She was reportedly found in the bathtub with her head underwater. Beverly Hills paramedics found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR for about 20 minutes before declaring her dead at 3:55 p.m. Police discovered "various pill bottles" in Houston's room. The autopsy report listed "drowning" as the official cause of death and  atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine as contributing factors. Marijuana, cocaine, Benadryl, Xanax, and Flexeril were found in her system. The full autopsy report will be released in a few weeks and Autopsyfiles.org will post it once it becomes available.

Review the autopsy report of Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack, famed actress who starred in movies such as Clueless; Just Married; Girl, Interrupted; Spun; 8 Mile; Uptown Girls; Sin City; Happy Feet; and Riding in Cars with Boys. Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack died 5 months apart of community-acquired pneumonia. This report includes the autopsy report, police reports, and toxicology and microbiology reports. (File size is 13.8 MB). Also, review the autopsy report of her husband, Simon Monjack

Review the autopsy report of Robert Champion Jr., a drum major in the famous "Marching 100" Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University marching band, who died as a result of a hazing incident on a bus trip back from an away game. The cause of his death was listed as "hemorrhagic shock due soft tissue hemorrhage due to blunt force trauma" resulting from beatings sustained in the hazing incident. Champion was noted as previously healthy prior to the incident and collapsed and died within an hour of a hazing incident during which he suffered multiple blunt trauma blows to his body. He complained that he was thirsty and tired immediately after the incident and, minutes later, lost his eyesight and suffered a cardiac arrest. At the hospital, he had extremely low hemoglobin and hematocrit levels indicative of bleeding; however, he showed no signs of external or internal bleeding. Instead on autopsy examination, it was noted he had extensive contusions of his chest, arms, shoulders, and back as well as evidence of crushing of areas of subcutaneous fat.

Review the autopsy report of Natalie Wood, who was a outstanding actress and wife of actor, Robert Wagner.  On the evening of November 29, 1981, Wood along with Wagner and actor, Christopher Walken, were partying on the yacht, the Splendour, when Wood disappeared and was later found in the ocean. Wood's cause of death was "drowning" and was listed as an accident. There has been controversy as to what happened on the evening of Wood's death. November 29, 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of her death and most recently, the captain of the Splendour, Dennis Davern, has come forward admitting to the “Today” show that he “lied” 30 years ago, to tell a story more compatible with one Wagner wanted to release.

Review the official second autopsy report (French) of Canadian professional boxer, Arturo Gatti, who died under mysterious circumstances at his residence in Brazil in 2007.  During his 16 year professional career, Gatti had a record of 40 wins, 9 losses, and 31 wins by TKO and won two world titles before retiring in 2007.  On July 11, 2009, Gatti was found dead in a hotel in Ipojuca, Pernambuco, Brazil, where he was on vacation with his Brazilian wife, Amanda Rodrigues, and son. The cause of his death appeared to be strangulation by a purse strap. There was also a wound on the back of his head that looked to have been caused by a kitchen knife. The mystery deepens as it was deemed that no one but Rodrigues could have come in or out of the apartment over the course of the night in question. Hanging was also ruled out of the question, due to the fact that the purse strap could not have held the fighter’s weight in suspension. Gatti's wife was arrested by Brazilian authorities but later released as investigators ruled Arturo Gatti's death a suicide. The suicide ruling was met with immediate outrage from Gatti’s friends and family. On August 1, 2009, a second autopsy performed at the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de medecine legale in Montreal concluded that there was no “clear and hard evidence” he was murdered. Coroner Dr. Jean Brochu was critical of the way Brazilian police handled the initial investigation of Gatti’s death. Review the English Translation of the French Autopsy Report. Review the Private Investigator's Report of The Death of Arturo Gatti. (48.3 MB)

Review the autopsy report of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement who was assassinated by James Earl Ray as he stood on the second floor balcony at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. In 1957, King co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with other civil rights activists. The group was created to harness the moral authority and organizing power of black churches to conduct non-violent protests in the service of civil rights reform. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination. On March 29, 1968, King was in Memphis in support of black sanitary public works employees who were on strike. On April 4, 1968, at approximately 6:01 p.m. as King stood on the second floor balcony, he was shot as a bullet ripped through his right cheek and jaw and traveled down his spinal column and into the chest. He was taken to nearby St. Joseph Hospital and underwent emergency surgery; however, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. The official cause of death is listed as "gunshot wound with total transection of the lower cervical and upper thoracic spinal column" with contributing factors including "laceration of the vertebral artery, subclavian artery, and jugular vein."  Also, review other crime scene reports and pictures at the Shelby County, Tennessee Register of Deeds 

Review the autopsy report of the singer and songwriter , Michael Jackson, who was found dead in his home on June 25, 2009. On June 25, 2009, Jackson died while in his bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in Los Angeles, California. Attempts at resuscitating him by Conrad Murray, his personal physician, were unsuccessful. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received a 911 call at 12:22, arriving three minutes later at Jackson's location. He was reportedly not breathing and CPR was performed. Resuscitation efforts continued en route to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and for an hour after arriving at the hospital. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 PM local time. The autopsy report lists his official cause of death as "acute propofol intoxication." At the time of death, Jackson had been administered propofol, lorazepam and midazolam. Law enforcement officials conducted a manslaughter investigation of his personal physician, Conrad Murray. On February 8, 2010, Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Jackson was entombed on September 3, 2009, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Review the autopsy photo of Michael Jackson that was released at the trial of his personal physician, Conrad Murray.

Review the autopsy report and death certificate of River Phoenix, an outstanding actor who starred in movies such as Stand By Me, Sneakers, My Own Private Idaho, as well as in Running on Empty, for which his performance earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination. On October 31, 1993, Phoenix had collapsed outside of the Hollywood nightclub, the Viper Room, where he was to perform. He subsequently went into convulsions, and then cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where further attempts to resuscitate Phoenix were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 1:51 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The official cause of death is "acute multiple drug intoxication" resulting from cocaine and heroin ingestion. His toxicology report also states he had  diazepam, and ephedrine in his blood.

Review the autopsy/coroner's report of Tupac Shakur, famous American rapper, who was a member of the alternative hip-hop group, Digital Underground, and The Outlawz. On the night of September 7, 1996, Shakur had attended the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. After the boxing match, there was a confrontation and fight between Shakur and Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson, a member of the Southside Crips. After the confrontation, Shakur left the MGM with his entourage headed to Club 662, now know as Seven. At approximately 11:15 pm, a white, four-door, late-model Cadillac with an unknown number of occupants pulled up to the right side of the vehicle Shakur was riding, rolled down one of the windows, and fired several gunshots at Shakur; with bullets hitting him in the chest, pelvis, right hand and thigh. He was taken to the University Medical Center, where he died 6 days later of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest secondary to internal bleeding. Shakur died at 4:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Orlando Anderson was suspected in Shakur's shooting; however, he was never charged. Ironically, on May 29, 1998, Anderson was gunned down in a shooting in Compton, California.

Review the autopsy report of Scarlett Keeling, who was a 15 year-old British teenager from Bideford, Devon, Great Britain whose body was discovered on February 18, 2008 on the beach at the Goa resort of Anjuna. Scarlett was traveling with her mother to Goa on vacation. The first autopsy listed the official cause of death as "accidental drowning;" however, Scarlett's body had over 50 bruises and injuries consistent with an assault. Also, an eyewitness stated that the evening before she was found, Scarlett was last seen at Lui's Bar in Anjuna Beach. At the time, Scarlett appeared intoxicated and was seen leaving with two men. Scarlett's bruised and battered body was found less than 90 minutes later. She had been raped.  One of these men, Samson D'Souza, was a bartender at Lui's; while the other man, Placido Carvalho, was believed to supply Scarlett with Ecstasty and cocaine. The eyewitness, who had spoken with Scarlett earlier in the evening, said he saw Scarlett leave the bar at 5am with a man and five minutes later he also left the bar and saw the man Scarlett left with drive off on his scooter. He also stated later that "In the light of the front beam of his scooter, I saw Samson D'Souza on top of Scarlett. I was in a complete state of total panic, shock. I got on my bike and I rode off." A second autopsy was performed at the request of Scarlett's mother, Fiona MacKeown. Fiona MacKeown claimed there was a conspiracy to cover-up the rape and murder of her daughter. She accused the son of an Indian Minister of involvement in the affair. She hired a local advocate, Vikram Varma, to pursue the case, including in the world media. Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho are currently on trial for manslaughter. View the autopsy and crime scene photos, Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7, Photo 8, Photo 9, and Photo 10.

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Review the autopsy reports of Emily Pimienta and Priscilla Pimienta, who were two sisters tragically killed in what police presume was a murder-suicide plot planned by their parents, Alfredo Pimienta and Georgina Pimienta. Priscilla's body was found in the swimming pool; Emily's body was also found in the swimming pool and her death was attributed to "drowning." Her toxicology studies also report she had acute intoxication from acetaminophen, diphenhydramine, and trazodone.   Alfredo's body was found in the swimming pool handcuffed, weighted, and bound. Georgina's body was found in the bathtub. Police also found found notes written by the parents that pointed to their shared involvement in the murder-suicide case.

Review the autopsy report and death certificate of Sharon Tate Polanski, who was a talented actress who was married to actor, film director and producer, Roman Polanski.  On August 8, 1969, Sharon and several of her friends were murdered by members of the Charles Manson "family."  The following morning, the bodies of Tate, and her friends, Jay Sebring, Steven Parent, Abigail Folger, and Wojciech Frykowski, were found by Tate's housekeeper. Tate was eight and a half months pregnant at the time of her death.  According to her autopsy report, Tate was stabbed 16 times. Tate was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, with her son, Paul Richard Polanski (named posthumously for Polanski's and Tate's fathers), in her arms.

Review the autopsy report of former quarterback of the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens,  Steve McNair , and his mistress, Sahel Kazemi.

Review the autopsy report of Caylee Anthony, who was a toddler who disappeared in June 2008 and then was subsequently found dead. Her remains were found in a forested area close to the Anthony's house on December 11, 2008. On December 19, 2008, Dr. Jan Garavaglia, Chief Medical Examiner of Orange and Osceola Counties identified the remains as those of Caylee Anthony. The death was ruled a homicide by undetermined means.  Caylee's mother, Casey, has been charged with the first degree murder of her daughter.

Review the medical examiner's report of Elvis Presley, singer and songwriter, known as "The King of Rock N' Roll," or just "The King." Elvis was reported found unconscious in his bathroom by his girlfriend, Ginger Alden. Elvis was transferred to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee,  where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 3:30 PM CST. The original cause of death was attributed to cardiac arrhythmias; however, conspiracy  theorists believe this was said to cover up the real cause of death associated with his prescription drug use. If you read the last page of the medical examiner's report it states he was found in his dressing room not his bathroom. The bathroom was the true location of Elvis's body.  The full autopsy report will be posted within the next month.

Review the coroner's reports of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, well-known outlaws, robbers and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed on May 23, 1934 on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The couple appeared in daylight in an automobile and were shot by a posse of four Texas officers, Frank Hamer, B.M. "Manny" Gault, Bob Alcorn and Ted Hinton; and two Louisiana officers Henderson Jordan and Prentiss Morel Oakley.

Review the autopsy report of Lorenzen Wright, former basketball star, who played for several NBA teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, and Memphis Grizzlies. Wright's body was found in Southeast Memphis, Tennessee. The manner of death was listed as a homicide from "multiple gunshot wounds."

Review the autopsy report of Alabama minister, Reverend Gary Michael Alridge, whose bizarre death shocked his local church. Reverend Alridge was found dead after engaging in autoerotic fooling around that didn't go well. He was found hog-tied and wearing two complete wet suits, including a face mask, diving gloves and slippers, rubberized underwear, a head mask and a dildo firmly entrenched in his anus.

Review the autopsy report of Nodar Kumaritiashvili, Georgian luger, who was killed in a training run at the Whistler Sliding Centre day before the start of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Also, view the official accident report by the International Luge Federation as to their findings of the incident.

Review the autopsy report of Elisa Bridges, former Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 1994, who died of suspected "acute intoxication by the combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and alprazolam."

Review the autopsy report of Robert Pastorelli, actor of the television series, Murphy Brown. Pastorelli also starred in movies such as Striking Distance and Beverly Hills Cop II. His cause of death is listed as an accidental overdose resulting from "acute cocaine-morphine (heroin) toxicity."

Review the autopsy report of American author, David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide by hanging himself after a long struggle with depression.

Review the autopsy report of Kathy Ann Taft, member of the North Carolina State Board of Education who was brutally murdered while staying at her boyfriend's home in North Carolina.  

Review the autopsy report of Corey Haim, former actor who starred in The Lost Boys and movies such as License to Drive, who died of community acquired pneumonia, pulmonary edema, and an enlarged heart.

Review the autopsy report of Aja Johnson, and abductor, Lester Hobbs. Aja Johnson apparently had her throat cut. Her mother, Tonya Hobbs, was found back in January brutally murdered allegedly by her estranged husband, Lester Hobbs.  

Review the autopsy report of Dawn Brancheau, the SeaWorld Animal Trainer Killed in a freak attack by the killer whale, Tilikum. View Eye Witness Police Reports

Review the autopsy report of imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, former leader of the Islamic group, Ummah, who was killed in an FBI raid in Detroit.

Review the autopsy report of the former porn star actress , Marilyn Chambers, who starred in "Behind the Green Door."

Review the autopsy report of the infamous American Bank Robber, John Dillinger.

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Death Certificates

Review the death certificate of actor, John Candy, who suffered a fatal heart attack early in the morning on March 4, 1994. Candy was in Mexico filming his latest movie, Wagons East!  After a day on the set, Candy invited some of his assistants over for dinner, made a few phone calls to his friends, and went to sleep.  He was found the next morning by his bodyguard. There was no autopsy performed on Candy at the request of his wife.

Review the death certificate of singer, Brian JonesBrian Jones was an English musician and founding member of the rock group, The Rolling Stones. Jones left The Rolling Stones in 1969, and on July 3, 1969, Jones was found lifeless at the bottom of a swimming pool at Cotchfarm Farm in Hartfield, East Sussex. according to the official version of events, there were three guests at his home. They were Janet Lawson, a 26-year-old nurse who knew the musician through her boyfriend, Rolling Stones tour manager Tom Keylock; Frank Thorogood, 43, Jones's builder-cum-minder; and Anna Wohlin, Jones's girlfriend. The East Sussex Coroner listed the official cause of Jone's death as :drowning due to immersion in fresh water; and secondary causes attributed to severe liver dysfunction due to the ingestion of alcohol and drugs; and swimming whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  Cause of death listed as "Misadventure" due to the above stated reasons." There are some conspiracy theories that Jones was actually murderer, by Frank Thorogood, the builder; however, this has never been proved.

Review the death certificate of actor, James Dean.  Dean was a talented young actor who lost his life after an automobile accident. On September 30, 1955, Dean was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder to a racing event in Salinas, California.  On his way to the event,  he collided head on with another vehicle at the junction of California State Highways 41 and 46 one mile northeast of Cholame, California. He was driving at a high rate of speed estimated at 85 mile per hour. The official cause of his death is listed as a broken neck resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Dean starred in movies such as East of Eden, Giant, The Greatest American Hero, and Rebel Without a Cause.  

Review the death certificate of professional wrestler and actor, Andre the Giant.  Andre Roussimoff, known by his wrestling name, Andre the Giant, was a professional  wrestling in the AWA and the World Wrestling Foundation (WWE).  Andre was one-time WWF champion.  In 1993, he was induced into the WWF Hall of Fame.  He was also an actor starring in movies such as B.J. and the Bear, Zorro, The Greatest American Hero, and The Fall Guy.   On January 27, 1993, Andre passed away in his sleep from congestive heart failure.  He passed away in his hotel room in Paris, France, while attending the funeral of his father.

Review the death certificate of Timothy McVeigh, who orchestrated the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history prior to the September 11, 2001. At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a Ryder rental truck, containing approximately 5,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, nitromethane, and diesel fuel was detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroying a third of the building.  As a result of the massive explosion, 168 people were killed, including 19 children, and over 800 others were injured. McVeigh and his accomplices, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier, were convicted and Timothy McVeigh was subsequently sentenced to death and was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Review the death certificate of James Earl Ray. On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.  Ray pleaded guilty to murder and was sentence to ninety-nine years in prison and served his time in Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. If he was convicted he could have faced the death penalty by electrocution.  On April 23, 1998, James Earl Ray died of complications arising from kidney disease and hepatitis C, which he most likely contracted after receiving a blood transfusion.

Review the death certificate of Freddie Mercury, who was a talented British singer and songwriter who was the lead vocalist for the rock band, Queen.  On November 24, 1991, Freddie Mercury died as a result of "bronchopneumonia as a complication to AIDS."

Review the death certificate of Steve Jobs, who was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs was co-founder and previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios. In 2009, Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant after battling a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas with subsequent surgery called a Whipple procedure.  On October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs died due to complications from relapse of his previously treated islet-cell neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer, resulting in respiratory arrest.

Review the death certificate of Chris Farley, well-known actor and comedian, who starred in the NBC television series, Saturday Night Live, and movies such as Billy Madison, Coneheads, Airheads, Tommy Boy, Wayne's World, and Black Sheep. On December  18, 1997, Farley was found deceased by his brother in his residence in the John Hancock Center in Chicago.  His official cause of death was listed as an accident resulting from "opiate and cocaine intoxication" with coronary atherosclerosis as a contributing factor to his death.

Review the death certificate of Kurt Cobain, lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band, Nirvana. Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle with what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted "contact penetrating shotgun wound to the head." Cobain was cremated and his ashes into McLane Creek in Olympia, Washington.

Review the death certificate of Australian actor,  Heath Ledger, who starred in films such as "The Patriot," "Monster's Ball," "A Knight's Tale," "Brokeback Mountain," and "The Dark Knight." 

Review the death certificate of Charles Bronson, was a talented actor who starred in blockbuster movies such as  Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, The Mechanic, and the popular Death Wish series.

Review the death certificates and police report of Jim Morrison, who was the lead singer for the rock group, The Doors. Morrison is ranked as one of the Rolling Stone's magazine "100 Greatest Singers of All Time." The Doors achieved national recognition after signing with Elektra Records in 1967. The single "Light My Fire" eventually reached number one on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. Read more about Jim under the "Death Certificates Section."

Review the death certificate of John Lennon, iconic singer and songwriter and member of the The Beatles. On December 8, 1980, as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, were walking back to their apartment, The Dakota, located in Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, John was shot in the back four times by Mark David Chapman. John was taken to Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead at 11:07PM. The causes of his death was listed as "multiple gunshot wounds of the left shoulder and chest; left lung and left subclavian artery resulting in external and internal hemorrhage and shock."

Review the death certificate of Al Capone, American gangster,  who was believed to have ordered the most notorious gangland killing of the century, the 1929 Saint Valentine's Day Massacre in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side. Capone died at 48 years of age of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

Review the death certificate of George Harrison, who was a English singer and songwriter, who was the lead guitarist for The Beatles.


Accident and Police Reports

Review the autopsy report of Dale Earnhardt, Sr., 7 time Winston Cup Champion, NASCAR Driver, who died February 18, 2001 during a last-lap crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. Cause of death was listed as a basilar skull fracture resulting from the crash.

Review the police accident report of Ralph Poffo, former professional wrestler known as Randy "Macho Man" Savage,  who was killed when he and his current wife, Barbara, were involved in a single vehicle accident. The jeep driven by Randy left the road and struck a tree. It was thought that Randy may have suffered a "heart attack" before the accident occurred. The full autopsy report will be available once published.

Review the official NTSB accident investigation report of former New York Yankee pitcher, Cory Lidle, who was killed along with his instructor in an airplane crash in New York City on October 11, 2006. His Cirrus SR20, airplane, tail number N929CD, crashed into the Belaire Apartments complex on York Ave. at E. 72nd Street on New York City's Upper East Side, killing Cory Lidle and co-pilot/flight instructor, Tyler Stanger. In addition to the deaths of the two on board the airplane, 21 people were injured as a result of the accident, about half of them New York City firefighters. The medical examiner stated the cause of death of Lidle and Stanger was due to "multiple blunt trauma" injuries. Lidle post mortem toxicology test were negative. Consistent with the November 3, 2006 preliminary report, the NTSB's May 1, 2007 final hearing determined that "pilot error" caused the plane crash that killed Lidle and his flight instructor Tyler Stanger. The investigation was unable to determine which person was at the controls.

Review the death certificate of singer and songwriter, John Denver, who was killed on October 12, 1997, when his experimental airplane crashed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast Pacific Grove near Monterey County, California. The aircraft registration number was N555JD and the NTSB accident ID is LAX98FA008. His autopsy report states that he died from blunt force trauma. It also states there was no trace of alcohol or any other drug in his system.

Review the NTSB aircraft accident report, AAR-78-6, that details the events that occurred on October 20, 1977, involving the plane crash that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd band members, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick. The plane was traveling from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana when it ran out of gas and crashed into a forest near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Also, review the autopsy report of Leon Wilkeson, former bassist for the Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Leon was found dead in his hotel room with the official cause of death listed as an accident caused by "complications of emphysema associated with positional asphyxia" with contributing factors of drug intoxication and liver cirrhosis.

Review the accident investigation report describing the events of the crash that killed IndyCar driver, Dan Wheldon. Wheldon, who was born in Emberton, England, was a talent and rising race car driver. He was the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion in addition to winning the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2011.  On October 16, 2011, Wheldon was racing in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship at the Las Vegas International Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was involved in a fifteen care pile-up and was tragically killed. On Lap 11, there was an initially pile-up involving cars driven by James Hinchcliffe and Wade Cunningham. Other vehicles eventually ended up colliding or collecting around the original pack of vehicles.  In the second pile-up that followed, two cars were launched into the air as they came upon the accident scene. One belonged to Will Power, who struck the catch fence after running over Lloyd's car. The other was Wheldon's vehicle, which was traveling at 220 miles per hour when he came upon the scene. Although he was able to slow his car down to 165 miles per hour, Wheldon's car was launched into the air after running over the back of Kimball's car. Wheldon's car was sent barrel-rolling and flying into the catch fencing on the outside of the second turn and Wheldon's head struck one of the fence posts. Wheldon was extracted from the care by track medical crews, and airlifted to University Medical Center where we was pronounced dead at 1:54 PM PDT. The cause of death is listed as "blunt force trauma to the head" as a result of the accident.

Review the accident report for the crash involving Ryan Dunn, a talented actor who starred in hit movies such as Jackass, Homewrecker, and Proving Ground. On June 20, 2011 at approximately 3:30AM, Dunn and his friend, Zachery Hartwell, died when the Porsche 911 GT3, driven by Dunn, went off the road and hit a tree in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. According to the investigation, Dunn's car was estimated at traveling between 132 and 140 miles per hour before  the crash. Toxicology reports indicated that Dunn had a blood alcohol content of 0.196%, which is more than twice the legal limit.

Review the autopsy report and accident investigation report involving, Diane Schuler .  Diane Schuler was a devoted wife and mother of two beautiful children who was involved in a two vehicle collision on the Taconic State Parkway near Briarcliff Manor, New York, which killed eight people including herself. According to reports, Ms. Schuler was driving a 2003 minivan from a campground trip and went the wrong way on the Parkway traveling 1.7 miles in the northbound lanes before colliding with 2002 Chevrolet Tracker killing three men who were inside. Controversy remains on why Ms. Schuler was traveling the wrong way on the Parkway; however, he autopsy report shows that she had a Blood Alcohol Level of 0.19 and had THC, the main psychoactive substance found in marijuana, in her bloodstream at the time of the accident. Her death was the result of multiple internal and external injuries. There were many witnesses including bystanders at the campground, a McDonald's restaurant, and a gas station who testified that Ms. Schuler appeared well and and did not appear intoxicated. However, in the  hours leading up to the crash, there were reports by other drivers on the Parkway that Ms. Schuler's vehicle was driving erratically, and tailgating and honking it's horn at other vehicles. Ms. Schuler was also seen on several accounts  bent over at the side of the road appearing that she was vomiting.  Also, in the minutes prior to the accident, there was a call placed to Warren Hance, who is Diane Schuler's brother, by one of his daughters. Emma Hance stated,  “Daddy, there is something wrong with Aunt Diane and she is having trouble seeing and she is talking funny, she is slurring." At that time the vehicle was parked on the side of the road just past the Tappan Zee Bridge tollbooth. Mr. Hance called the cell phone back and told his sister to stay on the side of the road and not to travel any further until he arrived. Moments later, the car was spotted traveling in the wrong direction in the passing lane on the northbound side of the Parkway, and then subsequently collided with the other vehicle. Killed in the crash included Ms. Schuler, her daughter, Erin;  her nieces,  Emma, Alyson, and Kate Hance; and the three gentlemen in the other vehicle, Michael Bastardi, his son 49-year-old Guy Bastardi, and their friend, 74-year-old Dan Longo. Diane Schuler's son, Bryan, survived the accident; however, sustained severe injuries. It was reported that Ms. Schuler did consume alcohol on the camping trip, but not on the day of the accident. It was also reported that she used marijuana. This statement was confirmed by her husband as he told investigators that she did use marijuana occasionally. Her sister-in-law reported that she was a heavy drinker and smoked marijuana regularly. It was noted that  Ms. Schuler had a history of diabetes, and also suffered from an abscess shortly before the accident; however, the autopsy itself did not report any 'medical reason' for the crash. View the whole story of the accident View the Autopsy Report  View the Police Report


Tragic Events

Review the autopsy reports of Christopher Byers, Steve Branch, and James Michael Moore, who were three friends found murdered in a drainage canal in the Robinhood Hills neighborhood of West Memphis, Arkansas. The boys' bodies were mutilated and left in a ditch, hogtied with their own shoelaces.  Three individuals, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, known as the "West Memphis Three," were convicted of killing the three 8 year-old boys. Prosecutors argued the men who were convicted, teenagers at the time, were driven by satanic ritual and that Echols had been the ringleader. Also, there was no evidence that directly link the men to the murders at that time. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life sentences; while Echols was given the death penalty. In a twist of justice on August 10, 2011, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were allowed to change their plea to "no contest" and were sentenced to 18 years and 78 days behind bars, which is time served thus far. The men  accepted a bargain known as an "Alford plea" in which  means the defendants acknowledge officially that the state has evidence against them, but can continue to claim their innocence in exchange for an 18-year sentence and credit for time served. Read the original Chittenden County Coroner's Report

Added is a page dedicated to the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana. Review the autopsy report of seven of the members of the People's Temple of Jonestown including Reverend Jim Jones.

Review the autopsy reports of the victims of the Columbine High School Massacre. These victims include: Cassie BernallSteve Curnow Corey DePooter Kelly Fleming Matt Kechter Daniel Mauser Daniel Rohrbough, William 'Dave' Sanders, Rachel Scott Isaiah Shoels John Tomlin Lauren Townsend, and Kyle Velasquez.

Review the autopsy reports of the Columbine High School Massacre Shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

Review the case file and summary autopsy report of Emily Keyes, student killed in the Platte Canyon High School Hostage Crisis.

Review the autopsy reports of the victims of the Tucson shooting involving Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The victims who were killed on January 8, 2011 include Christina-Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Judge John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, and Gabe Zimmerman..

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