RT: George Floyd died from a heart disease

George Floyd died of heart disease, paired with the fentanyl and methamphetamine found in his system, and stress caused by the arrest, a forensic pathologist testifying for the defense has stated. Dr. David Fowler, the former Maryland chief medical examiner, told the court that a number of factors caused Floyd’s death, but that suffocation was not one of them.

The infamous sight of former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck during an arrest shocked the world last year, sparking protests around the globe. However, Dr. Fowler said that the arresting officer’s knee was ‘nowhere close’ to Floyd’s airway. Adding that the fact that Floyd was able to speak and groan while he was being restrained indicated his airway was open.

Dr. Fowler claimed Floyd instead died of sudden arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) caused by underlying health conditions, drug abuse, his physiological reaction to the stressful situation, and possible inhalation of toxic carbon monoxide from the patrol vehicle. Ultimately Dr. Fowler stated that he would consider the nature of death as undetermined, rather than homicide.

This latest statement contradicts other medical experts who have testified on the case. Previously the prosecution claimed Floyd died as a result of oxygen deprivation caused by the way he was restrained. A cardiologist also contested Dr. Fowler’s theory, claiming Floyd had ‘an exceptionally strong heart.’
While the exact cause of Floyd’s death remains unclear, medical experts from both sides agreed attempts to resuscitate the 46-year-old should have been made as soon as he went into cardiac arrest.

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