Autopsy Finds George Floyd Had Coronavirus, But Not Cause of His Death

by GoNews Desk 3 years ago Views 1549

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George Floyd, the unarmed black man whose death at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests in the US, had tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in April.

An official autopsy report made the revelation late on Wednesday, although it added that the virus did not play a role in his death. The doctors who conducted a private autopsy at the behest of Floyd’s family said they had not been informed.

"The funeral director wasn't told, and we weren't told, and now a lot of people are running around trying to get tested," said Michael Baden, one of the doctors who performed the autopsy.

The state autopsy report indicated that Floyd was asymptomatic and although he tested positive on April 3, the virus’ genetic code RNA had remained in his system even after his death leading to a second positive test.

A toxicology report has also stated that there were signs of the drug Fentanyl in Floyd’s body, among other narcotics. This may give the defence lawyers an advantage when the case goes to trial.

46-year-old Floyd died after a police officer sat on his neck for a prolonged period in broad daylight, in a harrowing attack caught on video. The policeman, Derek Chauvin, has now been charged with second-degree murder.

Three accompanying officers with Chauvin, who were so far only dismissed and not charged, now face charges of abetting the murder.

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