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Medical examiner: Drugs, heart disease contributed to George Floyd’s death

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: People gather in a Manhattan park to protest on the first day of the trial for the killing of George Floyd last May on March 08, 2021 in New York City. The jury selection was delayed on Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin while an appeal proceeds over the possible reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge. Chauvin, who is being charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd, placed a knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly ten minutes resulting in the death of Floyd. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People gather in a Manhattan park to protest on the first day of the trial for the killing of George Floyd last May on March 08, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:40 PM PT – Friday, April 9, 2021

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said drugs and pre-existing heart conditions contributed to the death of George Floyd. During cross-examination at Derek Chauvin’s trial Friday, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker said he took into account George Floyd’s prior drug use and the effects.

During the prosecution’s redirect, Dr. Baker said he stood by his analysis of the direct causes that ended Floyd’s life.

“What today remains your opinion as to the cause of death for Mr. Floyd?” questioned prosecutor Jerry Blackwell.

“So my opinion remains unchanged,” Dr. Baker stated. “It’s what I put on the death certificate last June. That’s cardiopulmonary arrest, complicating law enforcement, subdural restraint and neck compression. That was my top line then. It would stay my top line now.”

“And so if we look at the other contributing conditions, those other contributing conditions are not conditions that you consider direct causes. Is that true?” Blackwell asked.

“They are not direct causes of Mr. Floyd’s death,” Dr. Baker replied. “That’s true. They’re contributing causes.”

Dr. Baker explained Floyd’s heart “weighed more than it should” and was already limited in its ability to take in oxygen. He added, when Floyd was being arrested, the physical trauma was more than Floyd’s body could take.

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