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Tragedy often begets more tragedy. Denver’s coroner wants to break the cycle by offering families help.

The body on the table was that of a 28-year-old man. Inside an autopsy bay, professionals from the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner were trying to figure out what killed him. To the doctors and forensic pathologists who perform the valuable service of cataloging Denver’s dead, this was just another day at the office. […]

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Coroner wants to do metal testing on mummified cult leader’s body found in Colorado

 A coroner in southern Colorado has not yet been able to determine what caused the death of a spiritual leader whose mummified body was found decorated with Christmas lights and glitter in what appeared to be a shrine. Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin told The Denver Post he doesn’t know when Amy Carlson’s autopsy will be finished […]

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Lake County coroner facing criminal charges of tampering with a dead body submits resignation

VAIL — An elected coroner in Colorado is stepping down after being charged with tampering with a body and losing his licenses to run a chain of funeral homes. Shannon Kent submitted his resignation Friday, and it was accepted by Lake County commissioners at a meeting Monday, the Vail Daily reported. It will take effect either […]

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Colorado likely won’t have an accurate coronavirus death count for months, or even years

Across Colorado, there is a mystery brewing in mortality. At least 1,200 more people died last month in the state compared to in April 2019, according to official — though preliminary — figures. But only a fraction of that increase is currently being attributed to the novel coronavirus. So, in a time of unprecedented public […]

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Nearly a quarter of the people Colorado said died from coronavirus don’t have COVID-19 on their death certificate

Nearly a quarter of the people reported as coronavirus deaths in state statistics don’t have the virus listed on their death certificates — at least not yet — the state Health Department said Friday, adding more uncertainty to how many people the virus has killed in Colorado. The number of coronavirus deaths in state figures […]

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How a bridge club led a Colorado county to have one of the nation’s highest coronavirus death rates

El Paso County has one of the nation’s highest fatality rates of the new coronavirus, surpassing communities in other states that have been hard hit by the disease.  At least 13 deaths have been attributed to the virus in El Paso County, the highest tally among Colorado counties and roughly one-fifth of the state’s 70 […]