No coroner has ever really examined the corpse of an Imperial officer choked by the so-called “force.” It might take some of the shine off the mystique otherwise. Consider for example, recent million dollar lottery winner Urooj Khan who died the day after receiving his winnings.
“No autopsy was done because, at the time, the Medical Examiner’s Office didn’t generally perform them on people 45 and older unless the death was suspicious, Cina said. The cutoff age has since been raised to 50. After the basic toxicology screening for opiates, cocaine and carbon monoxide came back negative, the death was ruled a result of the narrowing and hardening of coronary arteries.
“Days after the initial cause of death was released, a relative of Khan’s asked authorities to look into the case further, Cina said. He would not identify the relative. The full results came back in November.
“‘She (the morgue worker) then reopened the case and did more expansive toxicology, including all the major drugs of use, all the common prescription drugs and also included I believe strychnine and cyanide in there just in case something came up,’ Cina said. ‘And in fact cyanide came up in this case.’”