Autopsy: George Floyd Had Coronavirus, Potentially Deadly Levels Of Fentanyl in His System

Chris Menahan
Jun. 03, 2020

George Floyd had coronavirus in addition to potentially deadly levels of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in system and multiple pre-existing heart conditions at the time of his death, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office full autopsy report reveals.

The report was released Wednesday with the permission of his family.

"A postmortem nasal swab was taken, which confirmed that Floyd was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19," KSTP reported. "It is noted that Floyd was known to be positive for COVID-19 on April 3. The postmortem positivity likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection, the report said."

Floyd had fentanyl his blood at the level of 11 ng/mL which is easily enough to kill someone. A study from 2018 found overdose deaths can occur with as little at 0.2 ng/mL in the blood with median peripheral blood concentrations among people who died being between 10–20 ng/mL.

Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America and killed over 32,000 Americans in 2018.

Photo illustration of 2 milligrams of fentanyl, which is a deadly dose for most people. [source: DEA]

Floyd also had methamphetamine in his system, THC from marijuana, cotinine from cigarettes and caffeine.

Floyd, 46, had a host of heart conditions, including "severe" and multifocal arteriosclerotic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, an enlarged heart and clinical history of hypertension.

The autopsy determined Floyd died of "cardiopulmonary arrest [a heart attack] complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression."

Though Floyd's family described him as a "gentle giant," he was charged with armed robbery in 2007 in Houston for breaking into a woman's home and holding a gun to her stomach.

Additionally, though so-called "fact-checking" outlets like Snopes are reporting that he was a "devout Christian" when he used to live in Houston, internet sleuths discovered that he worked as a porn star.

You can read the full autopsy report here.

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