Russell Armstrong Coroner Report: No Drugs in System

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With an autopsy already having confirmed that Russell Armstrong died by hanging, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter added to that report today by providing the results of toxicology tests run on the late reality star.

And he confirms that no drugs or alcohol were in Russell's system at the time of his death.

Russell Armstrong, Kennedy Armstrong and Taylor Armstrong

The body of Taylor Armstrong's husband, from whom she had filed for divorce in July, was discovered hanging from an apartment ceiling on August 15.

Despite no evidence to back up their claim, family members now apparently believe Russell was murdered (in relation to his ongoing financial struggles) and are considering the hiring of a private investigator.


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A death investigator works for the conuty and is sent to the scenes of death to investigate, photograph and document the circumstances surrounding the death. It is not uncommon that the medical examiner did not come, they are the doctors who perform autopsies (basically they work 9-5). They do not go to the scene of death. I presume you live in a city where they employ a medical examiner, as a coroner is an elected position (not necessarily a doctor), yet they may not always go to the scene either if there are death investigators. The investigator must have determined from the circumstances that an autopsy was not necessary or they would have ordered one. Was this answer helpful?