ED Winter, the coroner for Hollywood’s famous, including Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Brittany Murphy, has died at age 73.
Winter was the Deputy Los Angeles County Coroner and handled some of the biggest celebrity death investigations.
Ed Winter, the coroner for Hollywood’s famous, has died a the age of 73Getty ImagesGettyWinter worked on some of the biggest celebrity death cases[/caption]
He died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home on Friday, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Some of Winter’s high-profile cases included the deaths of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, Paul Walker, Tom Petty, and Corey Haim.
Michael Jackson died from a lethal combination of sedative prescription drugs in June 2009.
Winter was immediately concerned after seeing injection points in Jackson’s body, the outlet reports.
The coroner later said that Jackson had enough Propofol in him “to put down a rhinoceros or an elephant.”
Dr. Conard Murray, who would have been the one to sign Jackson’s death certificate, “fled” the hospital after the star was pronounced dead, Winter said.
Winter also took notice of Jackson’s dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, who allegedly gave the star massive doses of Demerol almost every day, the outlet reports.
The late coroner eventually found out that Jackson used 19 different aliases to get drugs and that Klein was allegedly one of the main enablers, according to the outlet.
However, Klein was not charged with any crimes pertaining to Jackson’s death.
Murray, on the other hand, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for having inadvertently overdosed Jackson with propofol, a strong surgical anesthetic.
Years after the King of Pop died, another famous singer, Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel in February 2012.
After Houston’s body was found, her family gathered near the death scene.
Winter was introduced to Houston’s cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, who said, “I know who Ed Winter is.”
The late coroner had become recognizable from his TV appearances during big cases.
When Paul Walker was in a fatal car accident in November 2013, Winter appeared on TV to say that the star “died instantly,” debunking reports that Walker was screaming for help.
Winter’s first case was the death of actress and model Lana Clarkson in February 2003.
She was murdered by record producer Phil Spector.
RedfernsAfter Michael Jackson died in June 2009, Winter investigated his death[/caption]