Entries in Autopsy (5)


"Sons of Anarchy" Star Died of Accidental Fall, Autopsy Finds

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis, a suspect in the death of his landlady, died of traumatic injuries suffered in what can only be ruled an accidental fall due to lack of evidence that he jumped or was pushed, according to the official autopsy report released on Thursday and obtained by E! News.

According to the opinion of the lead investigator, Lewis’ death occurred when he attempted to flee the scene after allegedly killing his 81-year-old landlady.  No drugs were found in his system.

It’s believed he fell to his death from the roof of his Los Angeles residence.

Lewis, who was 28 when he died, had played Kip "Half-Sack" Epps on Sons of Anarchy before the character was killed off.

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Exclusive: Leslie Carter Overdosed

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Leslie Carter suffered from an overdose and was under the influence of several drugs before her death, according to the incident report from New York officials who responded to a 911 call from her home on Tuesday.

The report lists three drugs that were found at the residence: Olanzapine, used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, and Alprazolam used to treat anxiety or panic disorders, commonly known as Xanax.

The report reveals that Ginger Carter, Leslie's half-sister, told authorities that Leslie had, "a long history of mental illness and was on medication for her depression." Ginger said that Leslie seemed depressed the morning of Jan. 30 and fell in the shower. Ginger helped Leslie lie down and periodically checked in on her. Late in the afternoon, she discovered that Leslie was not breathing. Robert Carter, Leslie's father, tried to perform CPR on her. They then called 911.

Leslie's official cause of death will be determined after the Chautauqua County coroner's office receives toxicology reports in four to six weeks. Her family will decide whether or not to release her cause of death publicly.

Meanwhile, preparations for her funeral are underway. She will be buried in western New York next week, coroner Richard Mackowiak told ABC News.

Carter, the sister of Backstreet Boy band member Nick Carter and singer Aaron Carter, died Tuesday in New York. She was 25. She leaves behind her husband of three years, Mike Ashton, and a 10-month-old daughter, Allysa Jane.

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Brittany Murphy’s Dad Suing over Autopsy Report

Brian To/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The man claiming to be the biological father of late actress Brittany Murphy is challenging the results of her autopsy in a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Angelo Bertolotti claims “testing/toxicology was incomplete and the death of Brittany Anne Murphy Monjak was never fully investigated.”

Bertolotti, who is also suing the Los Angeles Police Department, has requested samples of his daughter’s hair for testing.

“I’m not going to rest until my daughter’s untimely demise is properly investigated, which hasn’t happened so far. Her case deserves more than a superficial glance,” Bertolotti said in a press release quoted by The Hollywood Reporter.

The coroner’s office ruled that the 32-year-old actress died in December 2009 of pneumonia, anemia and prescription drug intoxication.

Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, died five months after his wife. His autopsy showed the causes to be pneumonia and anemia.

Bertolotti believes that tests of Murphy’s hair may show evidence that toxic mold in her Hollywood Hills home could have caused her death, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

His suit comes a month after Murphy’s mother, Sharon Murphy, filed a lawsuit against the law firm that represented her in a case involving the actress’ home. Sharon claims the law firm should have advised her against signing a settlement with the builders of the house when they should have known there was toxic mold in the home.

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'No Illegal Substances' Found in Amy Winehouse's System

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Whatever caused Amy Winehouse's death, it wasn't illegal drugs.

The BBC reports that according to Winehouse's family, toxicology results show that "no illegal substances" were found in the singer's system at the time of her death.  Alcohol was present, but it's unclear if it played a role in her death.

The BBC reports that Winehouse's family thanked the police for their work, and said that they are awaiting the results of the inquest into her death on October 26.

Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23.

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Michael Jackson Fans Object to Autopsy Documentary

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(LONDON) -- Michael Jackson fans are objecting to a Discovery Channel documentary called Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson, which is scheduled to appear on U.K. television in January.

The documentary reportedly features a reproduction of the pop star's corpse, and follows a doctor as he dissects it. As reported by, the MJ Justice Project and the MJ Children group created an online petition to pull the TV special from airing. Thus far, over 2,500 outraged Michael Jackson fans have signed the petition, which is shooting for a total of 50,000.

"Like any other human being on this earth, Michael Jackson is entitled to a minimum of decency and respect," the petition reads. "We ask the directors of the Discovery Channel programming to proceed with the outright cancellation of this indecent documentary, detrimental to both the person and his family and loved ones."

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