Figuring out a cause of death 30 years post-mortem.
December 27, 2011 3:06 PM Subscribe
How can I find out what killed my father?
posted by greatgefilte to health & fitness (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My father died over thirty years ago, at the age of 31. He was apparently riding in a cab in Manhattan when...something happened. He was taken to hospital and was either DOA or died there shortly thereafter. No autopsy was performed due to religious objections on the part of his family.
We were always told it was a heart attack, but without any autopsy or definitive evidence, I don't think it's a foregone conclusion. There's no other family history of sudden death, and his own parents are alive and healthy in their late 80s. I suppose it could've been many things -- a fatal arrhythmia, a burst aneurysm, a pulmonary embolism -- who knows! Is there anything I can do now to find out? Would there be any hospital records left, or a police report? Would it be worth tracking down the cab driver to see what exactly happened?
I realize it's a long shot, but any leads would be helpful!