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March 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell ended its second week of testimony today with a city medical examiner defending his decision to change the death certificate of a Gosnell patient from accidental to homicide. Gosnell defense attorney Jack McMahon questioned Assistant Medical Examiner Gary Collins at length about his decision to change the death certificate of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, a Virginia woman who died Nov. 19, 2009 undergoing an abortion at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic.
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May 5, 2013 | By Bridget Murphy and Bob Salsberg, Associated Press
BOSTON - A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings died from gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and torso, his death certificate says. Worcester funeral home owner Peter Stefan has the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and read details from his death certificate on Friday. It cites "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities," Stefan said. Tsarnaev died last month after a gunfight with authorities a few days after the attack. Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene.
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March 30, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell ended its second week Thursday with a city medical examiner defending his decision to change the cause on the death certificate of a Gosnell patient from accidental to homicide. Gosnell defense attorney Jack McMahon questioned Assistant Medical Examiner Gary Collins at length about his decision to change the death certificate of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, who died Nov. 19, 2009, while undergoing an abortion at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic.
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March 3, 2004 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The biggest clue that something was strange about the 1997 disappearance of 10-day-old Delimar Vera should have been the absence of clues. The newborn was missing after fire engulfed her family's Feltonville home in December 1997 - but medical investigators searching the rubble could find no evidence of her death. No shards of bone. No tiny teeth. Nothing. For more than two days, a team from the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office combed the site of the fire, according to spokesman Jeff Moran.
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September 23, 2001 | By L. Stuart Ditzen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It seems certain that thousands of missing victims of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington are dead, but in the eyes of the law their status is less sure. Until a doctor examines the body and signs a death certificate, a person normally is not considered legally dead. But many of those killed in the terrorist actions in New York, Washington and Somerset County, Pa., are not expected to be found. There will be no bodies for doctors to examine. Without death certificates, how will families, heirs and beneficiaries probate wills and file life-insurance claims?
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April 6, 1993 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Edward I. Savitz had his final day in criminal court yesterday. A Common Pleas Court judge officially dismissed charges against the Center City businessman who died of AIDS nine days before he was scheduled to be tried on charges of sex-related offenses. "May Edward Savitz rest in peace," Judge Samuel M. Lehrer said in discharging the case. Savitz's attorney, Barnaby C. Wittels, handed the court a copy of his death certificate. Prosecutor Charles Ehrlich agreed to withdraw the charges, but added, "We want to make sure the record is clear as to Mr. Savitz's conduct.
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August 23, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Firing the latest salvo in a philanthropist-family feud, Raymond Perelman on Tuesday accused his son Jeffrey of illegally altering the elder Perelman's wife's death certificate last year. In a complaint to Montgomery County prosecutors, the elder Perelman said his son and a lawyer persuaded a funeral director last summer to change Ruth C. Perelman's primary residence on the document from their Palm Beach, Fla., home to a Rittenhouse Square address he calls a second home. Raymond Perelman claims the change amounts to record-tampering and document deception, crimes that could cause him "significant financial harm.
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April 20, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Melanie Burney, and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
Adamant that the investigation was bungled, Mark Sheridan is preparing to challenge the ruling that his father, Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr., fatally stabbed his wife, set their home on fire, and killed himself. In the coming weeks, Sheridan, a prominent 41-year-old lawyer, plans to file a lawsuit in Superior Court in hopes of changing his father's manner of death, now listed as a suicide. The legal maneuver ventures into rarely charted legal waters in New Jersey - and provides no certainty that the family will prevail in clearing their father's name, experts say. Challenging the finding by the state Medical Examiner's Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office may be not only an arduous task, but lengthy and costly.
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March 19, 1997 | By Jere Downs, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A death certificate filed last week by the Delaware Medical Examiner's Office states that the infant son of Brian C. Peterson Jr. and Amy S. Grossberg was born with a deformed brain and suffered "multiple skull fractures . . . sustained shaking and blunt force impact. " The death certificate, officially filed almost four months after Grossberg and Peterson were charged with first-degree murder in the death and disposal in a trash bin of their son, said the brain deformity was unrelated to his death.
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April 20, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Melanie Burney, and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
Adamant that the investigation was bungled, Mark Sheridan is preparing to challenge the ruling that his father, Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr., fatally stabbed his wife, set their home on fire, and killed himself. In the coming weeks, Sheridan, a prominent 41-year-old lawyer, plans to file a lawsuit in Superior Court in hopes of changing his father's manner of death, now listed as a suicide. The legal maneuver ventures into rarely charted legal waters in New Jersey - and provides no certainty that the family will prevail in clearing their father's name, experts say. Challenging the finding by the state Medical Examiner's Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office may be not only an arduous task, but lengthy and costly.
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April 16, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Melanie Burney, and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
Convinced that Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, were murdered on a September morning last year, the couple's four sons plan to offer a $250,000 reward for information that identifies who killed their parents. Mark Sheridan, 41, said during a Tuesday morning conference call with reporters that the family planned to offer the money for information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths - which authorities last month ruled a murder-suicide.
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December 24, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
One of the four sons of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, has been named the administrator of his parents' estate. Documents filed in the Somerset County Surrogate's Office indicate that Mark Sheridan, 40, a North Jersey attorney, has been approved to handle the estate, estimated at a combined value of more than $2 million. The Sheridans, whose Sept. 28 deaths are the subject of a complex investigation, died without a will. Mark Sheridan's twin brother, Matthew, originally sought to be a coadministrator, but an attorney handling the filings later withdrew his name from the petition.
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November 29, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
The two windows that once offered a view into the master bedroom at the Sheridan household in Montgomery Township's Skillman section remain boarded up. The gaping hole in the roof of the two-story yellow house on Meadow Run Drive has been repaired. Two months after the violent deaths of John and Joyce Sheridan, there are few answers in the mysterious and perplexing end of a couple connected to the state's politically powerful. The Sheridans - John, CEO of the Cooper Health System, and Joyce, a retired history teacher - were pronounced dead early Sept.
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October 25, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alcohol abuse was a factor in Elizabeth Peña 's Oct. 16 death, reports USA Today. The Cuban American La Bamba star's death certificate, issued Thursday, lists several causes for her death: cardiopulmonary arrest, cardiogenic shock, acute gastrointestinal bleeding, and "cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol. " Peña, 55, whose films include Lone Star and Rush Hour , is survived by husband Hans Rolla and their two children, Fiona and Kaelan .   Hank Baskett's mess televised The cheating scandal that has taken a big chunk out of the Kendra Wilkinson-Hank Baskett marriage will hit Friday's episode of Kendra's reality show, Kendra on Top . In one scene, Kendra mounts a take-no-prisoners verbal assault on the former Eagles player for allegedly cheating on her with transsexual model Ava Sabrina London . Wielding a vase, Kendra threatens divorce and chases her husband out of their house.
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March 29, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old California girl whose parents refused to accept a finding of brain death, was honored for courage and perseverance Thursday night at the Union League by the family of Terri Schiavo. The McMath family went to court in December to oppose the removal of a ventilator and feeding tube even after three physicians determined that there was no brain function and a coroner issued a death certificate. A month later, the body of the girl - organs still working - was taken to an undisclosed medical facility, where the heart still beats.
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May 5, 2013 | By Bridget Murphy and Bob Salsberg, Associated Press
BOSTON - A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings died from gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and torso, his death certificate says. Worcester funeral home owner Peter Stefan has the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and read details from his death certificate on Friday. It cites "gunshot wounds of torso and extremities," Stefan said. Tsarnaev died last month after a gunfight with authorities a few days after the attack. Police have said he ran out of ammunition before his brother dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene.
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March 30, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell ended its second week Thursday with a city medical examiner defending his decision to change the cause on the death certificate of a Gosnell patient from accidental to homicide. Gosnell defense attorney Jack McMahon questioned Assistant Medical Examiner Gary Collins at length about his decision to change the death certificate of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, who died Nov. 19, 2009, while undergoing an abortion at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic.
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March 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell ended its second week of testimony today with a city medical examiner defending his decision to change the death certificate of a Gosnell patient from accidental to homicide. Gosnell defense attorney Jack McMahon questioned Assistant Medical Examiner Gary Collins at length about his decision to change the death certificate of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, a Virginia woman who died Nov. 19, 2009 undergoing an abortion at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic.
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