Autopsy report: George Floyd died from cardiopulmonary arrest, was positive for COVID-19

George Floyd. Photo: Courtesy of Attorney Benjamin Crump. George Floyd.

Charlie Wiese
Updated: June 03, 2020 08:01 PM
Created: June 03, 2020 07:00 PM

The family of George Floyd and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office agreed to release the full autopsy report of George Floyd.

In the report, it is stated that Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.

Floyd had multiple blunt force injuries to his forehead, face and upper lip as well as cutaneous blunt force injuries of the shoulders, hands, elbows and legs.

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Along with the blunt force injuries, it's noted that Floyd had multiple natural diseases. Floyd was shown to have severe multifocal arteriosclerosis heart disease as well as hypertensive heart disease.

It is noted that no life-threatening injuries were identified in Floyd.

A postmortem nasal swab was taken, which confirmed that Floyd was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It is noted that Floyd was known to be positive for COVID-19 on April 3. The postmortem positivity likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection, the report said.

Some of the specific findings include: "RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: The right and left lungs weigh 1085 and 1015 g, respectively. The external surfaces are pink only on the most anterior aspects, and deep red-purple in all other areas. The pulmonary parenchyma is diffusely congested and edematous. No mass lesions or areas of consolidation are present. The pulmonary vascular tree is free of thromboemboli. The tracheobronchial tree is free of blood, edema fluid, or foreign material." Comprehensive findings can be found in the full autopsy report below. 

Floyd's toxicology report showed that he had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system when he died.

You can view the report below. Click here to see the full autopsy report if you are on the KSTP mobile app.


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