George Floyd had coronavirus when he died, according to a full-length autopsy report released on Wednesday.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s document confirmed Floyd died from a cardiac arrest “complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression” – and that he was positive for COVID-19.
“The decedent was known to be positive for 2019-nCoV RNA [COVID-19] on 4/3/2020,” the report stated.
“Since PCR positivity for 2019-nCoV RNA [COVID-19] can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease, the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection.”
The term 2019-nCoV RNA refers to the deadly bug that has killed well over 107,000 Americans.
The autopsy was conducted by the county’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr Andrew M. Baker on May 26.
A urine drug screen also found Floyd was “presumptive positive for cannabinoids, amphetamines, and fentanyl/metabolite.”
Preliminary findings from an official autopsy conducted last week said the combined effects of being restrained, potential intoxicants in Floyd’s body, and his underlying health issues, including heart disease, likely contributed to his death.
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