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Montco Coroner Conducts Toxicology Tests On Cardinal Bevilacqua’s Body

By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Montgomery County Coroner tells KYW Newsradio his office was asked by the District Attorney’s office to look further into the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

The tests were done the day after Cardinal Bevilacqua died.

Coroner Walter Hofman says he will not issue a cause of death until he sees the results, which he says will take a few weeks.

Hofman says he was asked by the District Attorney’s office to look further into the Cardinal’s death, to see if there are any circumstances that may have sped up the Cardinal’s death.

Hofman’s office says they are notified of about 60% of deaths in the county. And investigations are done when a person dies from criminal violence, suddenly in good health, or in an unknown or suspicious manner.

Cardinal Bevilacqua died one day after a judge ruled he could testify at hearings regarding the clergy sex abuse scandal.

He was 88-years-old and had been battling cancer and dementia.

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  • investigator25

    Sounds like another sudden death in Montgomery County PA. I hope the coroner does a better job of this death investigation than that of Raymond Zachry who died suddenly, unattended and when his autopsy report indicated strange chemicals, Hoffman refuses to investigate – says the report is at fault.

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  • Jeannie Guzman

    When I first heard the news about Cardinal Bevelacqua’s fortuitous passing, just before he could have been called to testify in dozens Pedophile Priest “Abuse” cases, I thought, “This would be a great topic for the TV series, “CSI,” to tackle.” Unfortunately, for Bevelacqua standing before “The Judgement Seat of Christ,” should have been far more terrifying that standing before a Philly judge. If “Fowl-play” is discovered, I really hope that all involved will be discovered, but since the Church has centuries of experience coverup the deaths of those “Who would bring SCANDAL against the Church,” I doubt seriously that we’ll ever know the truth!


    Sounds like a case for John Langston. Better get Tom Hanks signed up for the movie.

    • Jeannie Guzman

      HI, SiliiL A better story for Robert Langston to tackle would be the death of Pope John Paul I. David Yallop did a great book called, “In God’s Name,” which brought up hundreds of peculiar facts about the case and people involved in the aftermath of Pope John Paul I’s death. Two of the most questionable were Cardinal Marcinkus of Chicago and the Pope’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Jean Villot. For a mystery, deeper than anything that Dan Brown could even begin to conceive, check out david Yallop’s book, “In God’s Name.” It will give you chills and thrills!

      • hrh

        Just what I was thinking. Had planned to comment:

        Albino Luciani (JP1)

        Remember him?

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