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