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Coroner: Toxicology results in Chyna autopsy could take months

Los Angeles Times

An autopsy will be performed on the wrestler Chyna in the next few days, however it will be months before toxicology test results can determine whether she died of a suspected drug overdose, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Friday. Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said police initially reported the wrestler's death as a possible overdose. The World Wrestling Entertainment star, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, had some prescription medication at her Redondo Beach apartment, "but not a lot," Winter said. Winter said on Friday that the possible overdose was likely reported because of the 46-year-old's history of drug abuse and interviews with neighbors. "Everybody seemed to know she had problems, but they didn't know to what extent," Winter said.

Coroner identifies second person killed by LAPD in weekend shootings as 16-year-old boy

Los Angeles Times

Coroner's officials Thursday identified the second person fatally shot by Los Angeles police last weekend as a 16-year-old boy. Daniel Enrique Perez died at a hospital Sunday evening after he was shot near 45th Street and Ascot Avenue in South Los Angeles, coroner's officials said. It was the second deadly shooting by LAPD officers during a roughly 24-hour span, coming on the heels of the controversial shooting of 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr., which prompted protests and stirred long-standing frustrations over how police treat residents of South L.A. On Sunday, during a second night of demonstrations over Snell's death, news spread of the second police shooting. Officers went to 48th and Ascot after someone reported a man with a gun in the area, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. The officers spotted someone matching that description -- described as a Latino man with a gray sweater and black pants -- and began to approach him, Beck said.

Coroner accidentally cremated wrong man as his family planned a funeral and viewing

Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles County coroner's office mistakenly cremated a 26-year-old man after confusing his remains with those of another man with the same name, authorities said Friday. Coroner's officials said the mistake occurred because a technician failed to check the case number on the man's body, and they apologized to the family. Jorge Hernandez died of a drug overdose Oct. 7 after being taken to Glendale Adventist Medical Center. His body was picked up by the coroner's office to determine a cause. The family began planning a funeral and private viewing for Hernandez until coroner's officials called them to say they mistakenly cremated his body.

Coroner identifies men killed in San Bernardino crash after high-speed chase

Los Angeles Times

The San Bernardino County coroner has identified two men killed in a crash early Monday after a brief high-speed pursuit by a sheriff's deputy. Rudy Javier Vargas, 30, of San Bernardino, died instantly after the Honda Accord he was driving slammed into a Ford Mustang near the intersection of Rialto and Mt. Vernon avenues in San Bernardino, said Randy Emon, a supervising deputy coroner. Vargas' vehicle was being chased by a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy shortly before the crash, officials said. Alejandro Peyro, 26, of Colton, was a passenger in the Mustang, Emon said.

Coroner postpones ruling in cause of death of wrestling star Chyna

Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles County Coroner's office has deferred a ruling in the cause of death of the wrestling star known as Chyna, who was found dead in her Redondo Beach home Wednesday. On its website, the coroner's office reported that the cause was deferred, pending additional investigation. Redondo Beach police said officers found Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, dead on her bed, after receiving a call from her friend about a woman not breathing. The friend told police that Chyna had not answered her phone in a few days. Initially, police reported the death as a "possible overdose or natural death," said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.