- The Washington Times
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

An autopsy released Wednesday showed that George Floyd, the black man killed by a white Minneapolis police officer, had the coronavirus.

NBC News reported that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Mr. Floyd, whose death has sparked worldwide protests, tested positive for the virus on April 3.


The medical report by Chief Medical Examiner Andrew Baker said Mr. Floyd seemed to have been asymptomatic — as many people who catch the virus are — and that his lungs appeared healthy.

An earlier, preliminary autopsy report from the county said Mr. Floyd died from “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

Mr. Floyd died saying “I can’t breathe” as a policeman kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes.

The full report Wednesday said Mr. Floyd had other “significant” conditions, including hypertension-related heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

However, these were not listed under the cause of death.


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