Dr. Lindsey Thomas, a forensic pathologist who also trained the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Mr. Floyd, testified that Mr. Floyd did not die of a fentanyl overdose or a pre-existing heart condition, as the defense has indicated.
As a forensic pathologist, I know from hundreds of families describing what happened at the time of death that this death does not fit what has been described in someone who dies of a cardiac arrhythmia from arteriosclerotic heart disease and likewise hypertensive heart disease. Those tend to be cardiac arrhythmias, sudden cardiac deaths. This is not that kind of death. Likewise, fentanyl intoxication, as I described — and again, I don’t treat patients. I don’t see living people — but what I know from family members who describe deaths that then later turn out to be due to fentanyl, the death is slow, it’s peaceful. They fall asleep. They may hear snoring or very heavy breathing. There’s no struggle. They just often are found, just kind of slumped over. It’s a very slow death.
Dr. Thomas also said that police actions during Mr. Floyd’s arrest led to his death:
There’s no evidence to suggest he would have died that night except for the interactions with law enforcement.
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