by Muthoni Kimani
June 4, 2020
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.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker said the type of test performed for the autopsy, called PCR, can show a positive result "for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease." Floyd's death led to global protests, with movements across the nation as well as in Canada, London, and Berlin, among others. Video evidence showed Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, during which time Floyd complained that he couldn't breathe.
Due to the incident, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison later on upgraded charges against Chauvin to 2nd-degree murder, and also charged the three other officers on the scene with aiding and abetting.
That autopsy concluded that Floyd had no underlying medical problems that contributed to his death.
The pathologists also said he died after blood and airflow were cut off to his brain.