Stars Dead Coroner at 73
03/19/2023 07:00 PT
Ed WinterLA County Deputy Coroner who handled death cases/inquests on some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities has died… TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ … Winter died Friday at his Los Angeles home of natural causes.
Winter has been there in front of the cameras in instances that include michael jackson, whitney houston, Brittany Murphy, Paul Walker, Tom Small And Corey Haim.
Perhaps the most notable case involved Michael Jackson death. Winter had immediate concerns when he saw a shocking number of injection sites in Jackson’s body. He was at the UCLA Medical Center, where Jackson was taken, and immediately after he was pronounced dead, he noticed that Dr. Conrad Murray had left the facility. Winter said, “He got away.” Murray was reportedly the one to sign Jackson’s death certificate, but Winter ended up doing it.
Winter later said that Jackson had enough Propofol in him “to put down a rhino or an elephant.”
But Winter knew there was more to the story and also set his sights on Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson’s dermatologist who fed him almost daily massive doses of Demerol. He tried to get Klein’s medical records and eventually found that Jackson had 19 aliases to brand drugs, and Klein was one of the main facilitators.
whitney houston death just before Clive DavisThe 2012 pre-Grammy party was also a defining moment in her career. Winter had become such a fixture on television that he was very recognizable himself. After Whitney’s body was discovered, her family gathered near her hotel room. Someone introduced Winter to a family member and the woman said, “I know who Ed Winter is.” The woman was Dionne Warwick.
On Winter’s first day on the job, he was assigned to a notorious celebrity case – the death of Lana Clarksonin the hands of the music icon Phil Spectorwas sentenced to assassinate him.
The Horrible by Paul Walker death was another high-profile case handled by Winter. He went on TV to explain what happened in the car crash…”He died instantly,” Winter told reporters, despite reports that the actor was screaming for help.
Winter was 73. RIP
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