George Floyd‘s final autopsy report has revealed the 46-year-old had tested positive for coronavirus, but died from ‘cardiopulmonary arrest’ following his altercation with a Minneapolis police officer last Monday.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office released its official findings on Wednesday which showed Floyd was diagnosed with Covid-19 on April 3.
The report notes that the positive result is likely from an old infection and it is believed the father-of-two was asymptomatic at the time of his death.
‘The decedent was known to be positive for 2019-nCoV RNA on 4/3/2020. Since PCR positivity for 2019-nCoV RNA can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease, the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection,’ the report states.
It does not suggest the disease contributed to his death in any way.
Floyd’s manner of death was ruled a homicide, matching the same conclusion from the independent autopsy ordered by his family earlier this week, however there were key differences over the cause.
It states Floyd suffered cardiopulmonary arrest after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin compressed his neck for more than eight minutes while he was being restrained.
It also notes he had a history of heart disease and had fentanyl and metamphetamine in his system – which were listed as ‘other significant conditions’.
It found Floyd’s lungs appeared healthy but he had some narrowing of arteries in the heart.
The footnotes also noted that signs of fentanyl toxicity can include ‘severe respiratory depression’ and seizures.