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Coroner misidentifies Canada hockey crash victims

Humboldt - The coroner's office said Monday it misidentified two of the victims of a truck-bus crash that killed 15 hockey players and others and plunged Canada into shock and grief.

Coroner: Teen died from drinking too much caffeine too quickly

Columbia - A coroner in Richland County, South Carolina determined a healthy 16-year-old who collapsed and died in class last month, died from consuming too much caffeine too quickly.

Quebec coroner blames witness indifference in man's subway death

Montreal - A man who was severely injured by a subway train and subsequently collapsed on a Metro platform in Montreal may have survived if someone had just stopped to help him, according to a report released last Friday by Quebec coroner Jacques Ramsay.

Dead body falls out of van onto busy roadway in Pennsylvania

A body fall right out of a coroner's van, and into the middle of traffic near Feasterville, Pennsylvania. A passerby called the incident the "the most bizarre thing."

Mom fell 75 feet to her death while riding Texas roller coaster

Fort Worth - Chilling new details have emerged from the inquest into the death of the Dallas mother who was thrown 75 feet from her seat on the New Texas Giant roller coaster — as her children looked on — at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas.

Firetruck runs over, kills Asiana crash victim—Coroner

San Francisco - One of three teenage passengers from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 killed last Saturday, initially survived the crash landing but was run over by a fire truck racing to extinguish the burning wreckage

Cirque Du Soleil acrobat fell 90 feet to her death: Coroner

Las Vegas - An official autopsy report released late Tuesday offers new details into the death of veteran acrobat Sarah Guillot-Guyard who fell to her death Saturday night during a performance of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Christopher Dorner is dead: Human remains positively identified

San Bernardino - San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials say the body found in a mountain cabin set on fire by police Tuesday has been positively identified as Christopher Jordan Dorner.

'Miami cannibal' Rudy Eugene was not on bath salts only marijuana

Miami - The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's office said on Wednesday that toxicology reports reveal Rudy Eugene, the "Miami cannibal," had no bath salts in his system, only marijuana.The medical examiner said tests for a number of drugs all returned negative.

Coroner urges Jehovah's Witnesses to review blood transfusion ban

Hobart - A coroner has called on the leadership of the Jehovah's Witnesses to review the ban on blood transfusions after a death under circumstances he described as "graphically illustrating the consequence of rigid adherence to that doctrine."

Ohio county pays families after wrong child is cremated

Columbus - A mix-up by an Ohio coroner's office that resulted in the cremation of the wrong child was resolved by the Franklin County Commission who approved an agreement to pay $68,000 to the distraught parents of both the deceased children.

Swab left in British man after surgery contributes to his death

Leicester - An inquest into the death of a 64-year old man from Lincolnshire, England has found that his death was in part caused by a medical swab left inside of him after surgery.

Cali coroner keeps son's heart, without telling his mother

San Mateo - A state appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by a mother who says the county coroner kept her son's heart without her consent after an autopsy. It was months after he was buried before she found out his heart had been taken from him.

Ohio coroner's office cremates wrong toddler

Columbus - An Ohio Coroner's Office once again mixed up two bodies. Grieving parents, who had picked out a white tuxedo to bury their son were visited by the Coroner Sunday and given the devastating news "their baby boy had mistakenly been cremated."

Hard Economic Times Cause Bodies to Stack up at Coroners' Offices

Demands on coroners’ offices across the country are reaching a near crisis, with more families suffering from bad economic times, they are unable to claim bodies of loved ones and leaving cremations up to county coroners.

L.A. Coroners Aim to be Pistol-packin’ Crime Scene Investigators

Forty Los Angeles County coroner’s investigators are petitioning the County Board of Supervisors for permission to pack heat while investing crime scenes and notifying next of kin as is done in five other California Counties.

NY Coroner Report: Ledger died of prescription drug abuse

New York City medical examiner office released their report today and said Hollywood actor Heath Ledger died because of accidental prescription drug abuse. The various drugs he took at the same time produced a toxic effect leading to his death.

New Indiana next-of-kin law

New Indiana law now in effect July 1,2007. This "next-of-kin" law has came about because of the death of pregnant Christian Melcher,23, and her son Jaiden Melcher, 11 months, they were both murdered by her husband Zachariah Melcher.

Coroner attacks 'inexcusable' US

He said it was "inexcusable" because the US officials had failed to release evidence about the first UK casualties of the Iraq war

'Friendly fire' footage not shown

A tape of a British soldier being killed in a "friendly fire" incident will not be shown in open court at his inquest, a coroner has ruled

Coroner Finds Alcohol in Dead USC Kicker Danelo

College football kicker Mario Danelo, who plunged over a cliff to his death last January was drunk according to a report released by the coroner's office.

Dr. Charles Smith won Saskatoon tribunal appeal December 2

Dr. Charles Smith, a controversial pathologist, has been involve in a number of children's autopsies in Ontario. He voluntarily resigned from the Hospital for Sick Children and moved to Saskatoon, but was denied priviledges to practice in Saskatoon.

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