Coroner: Cardinal Bevilacqua Died Of Natural Causes

By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The Montgomery County coroner has the final say on the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and says there was no foul play. His eminence died of natural causes in late January at the age of 88.

Doctor Walter Hofman says there’s no relationship between a Philadelphia judge’s competency ruling and the Cardinal’s sudden death less than 36 hours later.

Hofman says elderly people with pre-existing natural disease often die quite suddenly. He said the Cardinal died of heart disease and prostate cancer and his dementia was fairly advanced.

“There is no injury to the body. There is significant pre-existing natural disease. The physician prescribed medications are all within generally accepted therapeutic levels,” Hofman explained.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman suggested the coroner take a look at the body given what she called the “peculiar” timing of his death not long after a judge ruled he could testify at a child sex abuse trial.

Hofman said the Cardinal was holding hands with his nurse just before he died. He says he spoke to her, but he refused to reveal what was said.

Spokeswoman Donna Farrell says the coroner’s report confirmed what the Philadelphia Archdiocese both believed and knew to be the case all along.

She said: “We certainly hope that with this news that all of the speculation surrounding Cardinal Bevilacqua’s death will end and will be laid to rest.”

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One Comment

  1. stujordan says:

    He died of choking on a young man’s genitals!

  2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J. says:

    The Cardinal caused the death of at least one abused boy via suicide. And his coverup ruined the lives of hundreds of others from PTSD from his coverup and his personal boy-buggery. Does Rick Santorum have a comment about his spiritual leader? Peerhaps “Cardinal on boy?” Good Riddance, “Cowards die many deaths…!”

  3. alex says:

    if he allowed priest to moleste may he burn as he should, if he knew about any of it and did nothing, burn. at this point kinda mad that even his death is news, so why aren’t their stories about a baptist preacher dying, or a luthern or … point, sick of this religion making news when so many of us are not catholic and don’t care.

  4. Amos says:

    . “He (Hofman) said the Cardinal died of heart disease and prostate cancer and his dementia was fairly advanced.”

    Yet, the trial judge said he was competent to serve as a witness at the upcoming trial. Makes one wonder about the sanity of the judicial system. Oh, that’s right, Hofmann said there was no relationship between the judge’s competency ruling and the Cardinal’s death 36 hours later. Nice try Hofman, trying to save the judge’s derriere.

  5. hrh says:

    Natural causes. Just like Albino Luciani (JP1).

    1. Tyred says:

      ….Godfather 3?

    2. Honestly! says:

      Facts, dates and proof or shut up!

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