Pa. Coroner To Release Cause Of Cardinal’s Death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A coroner is set to release the results of a probe into the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, the former leader of the Philadelphia archdiocese who died Jan. 31 at a suburban seminary.

Officials say the 88-year-old Bevilacqua, who served as archbishop from 1988 to 2003, was suffering from dementia and cancer. Prosecutors asked the coroner to investigate due to the timing of the death, a day after a judge ruled Bevilacqua competent to testify at the trial of his longtime aide.

Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman says in a statement he will release the cause of death at a news conference Thursday. A message left with prosecutors was not immediately returned.

A judge ruled Bevilacqua competent to testify at the child endangerment trial of Monsignor William Lynn, who is accused of transferring priests suspected of molesting children to unwitting parishes.

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  • Patrick OMalley

    We’ll never know.

    The body was embalmed before the coroner got to it, so there were lots of drugs that could have killed him and not shown up after an embalming, like potassium, adrenaline, et cetera.

    Why did the Catholic church embalm him so quickly before the coroner could evaluate the body?

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