Drop in Life Expectancy

“Every day, too many young people in Philadelphia and across the nation are dying early from preventable causes,” said Raynard Washington, chief epidemiologist for the city Department of Public Health. “Substance use, gun violence, and smoking- and obesity-related chronic illnesses are the primary causes of premature death among Philadelphians.”


By Rita Giordano


Two-Year-Olds Death Ruled Homicide


The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the boy’s death was a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma.


By Ellie Silverman


Police said the autopsy reports details blunt force trauma injuries. The cause of death has been ruled a homicide.


By Maggie Kent


The medical examiner determined the boy suffered blunt force trauma injuries. His death was ruled a homicide.


By David Chang and Dan Stamm


On Wednesday, the Medical Examiner’s Office determined the young child’s death was criminal.

By Greg Argos

Fourth of July Deaths Rulings

More than three months later, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday released its conclusions on the deaths. The cause for both: Drowning. The manner of Patterson’s death was “undetermined,” while Siler’s was “accidental.”


By Julie Shaw

Greenberg Lawsuit


When reached for comment about the lawsuit, a medical examiner spokesperson said the office does not comment on ongoing litigation. Osbourne did not return requests for comment.


By Stephanie Farr

People Magazine

Philadelphia police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. The medical examiner’s office said the office, as a rule, doesn’t respond to ongoing litigation in which it is involved.


By Chris Harris

Local News 21

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office says they won’t comment on the case.


By Brian Sheehan

Brian Smart Death Investigation

Upper Darby school officials said in May that Smart, 25, appeared to have died of a heart attack, meaning a blockage in an artery that cuts off the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart.

But a heart attack is just one of many conditions that can lead to a sudden cardiac death. The actual cause in this case is unclear, said James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.


By Tom Avril

Gosnell 2019 Anniversary

A spokesperson for the city’s medical examiner said the graves will remain unmarked.

“The request was denied because this is a City plot and is treated the same as every other plot that the City owns, which are similarly unmarked by the City,” the Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement this week.


By Jan Kinney

Gregory Eells Death

NBC Nightly News

His death was ruled a suicide by the medical examiner’s office, according to James Garrow, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.


By Janelle Griffith

Cornell Daily Sun

James Garrow, the director of communications for the City of Philadelphia’s Public Health Department, confirmed reports by student paper The Daily Pennsylvanian that the city’s medical examiner had ruled the death a suicide.


By Sarah Skinner

Daily Pennsylvanian

His death was ruled a suicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office, spokesperson James Garrow confirmed to The Daily Pennsylvanian, and reports indicate he jumped from a building in Center City Philadelphia.


By Manlu Liu and Max Cohen


His death occurred about 6:40 a.m. along the 100 block of South Broad Street, where Eells had been living. It was ruled a suicide by the medical examiner’s office, said James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.


By Susan Snyder, Mike Newall and Mensah M. Dean

CBS Evening News

The head of the University of Pennsylvania’s psychological and counseling services department died by suicide, officials confirmed on Wednesday. Dr. Gregory Eells, 52, died on Monday morning due to multiple blunt impact injuries, according to the Philadelphia Department of Health, and the University of Pennsylvania confirmed his death to CBS News.


By Brian Pascus


Dr. Gregory Eells, the executive director of counseling and psychological services at the University of Pennsylvania, died by suicide, a spokesperson with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health confirms to PEOPLE.


By Helen Murphy

Maurice Willoughby Death


The investigation into Willoughby’s death is still pending, according to the city Department of Public Health. Police haven’t responded to a request for details.


By Anna Orso

Philadelphia Gay News

A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, which oversees the Medical Examiner’s Office, said “Willoughby’s cause of death is still pending investigation at this time.”


By Laura Smythe

Washington Post

Willoughby’s girlfriend said on an Instagram live stream last month that he had died. James Garrow, spokesman for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, said the medical examiner has not issued a final ruling on the cause of death.


By Lateshia Beachum