Oregon State Hospital patient’s death likely due to heart problem, ME says

The Oregonian, June 12, 2014

Oregon State HospitalAn Oregon State Hospital patient who died in January likely suffered fatal heart arrhythmia due to hypertension, the state medical examiner’s office determined.

Christopher Patrick Crawford, 48, was found unresponsive at the hospital during 8 a.m. rounds Jan. 3.

Other heart conditions, including microscopic abnormalities with scarring, contributed to Crawford’s death, said Christopher Young, a deputy state medical examiner.

Extensive toxicology tests indicate medications Crawford was taking at the time of his death were within therapeutic limits, Young said. No unexpected substances or alcohol were found.