The Coroner’s Office determines cause and manner when a person dies:

  • As a result of violence
  • By suicide or casualty
  • Suddenly when in apparent good health
  • When unattended by a physician
  • In any suspicious or unusual manner
  • After birth but before seven years of age if the death is unexpected or unexplained

Additional Causes

The Coroner’s Office also determines the cause and manner of death if a person dies:

  • As a result of an execution carried out because of the death penalty
  • Is an inmate of a state hospital
  • Is an inmate of a State, County, or City penal institution
  • After being admitted to a hospital in an unconscious state and without regaining consciousness within 24 hours of admission