Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cause of Death of Howard Hyde Released


A September 17th news release from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice:
Nova Scotia's chief medical examiner met with Howard Hyde's family today, Sept. 17, to share the cause of Mr. Hyde's death.

Mr. Hyde [pictured], a Dartmouth man with a history of paranoid schizophrenia, died Nov. 22, 2007.

Chief medical examiner Dr. Matthew Bowes has concluded that the cause of death is excited delirium due to paranoid schizophrenia. Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, obesity and restraint during a struggle were all contributing factors. Dr. Bowes has ruled the death accidental.

Excited delirium is a disorder characterized by some or all of the following: extreme agitation, violent and bizarre behavior, insensitivity to pain, elevated body temperature, and superhuman strength.

An examination of the evidence does not suggest that Mr. Hyde died directly of asphyxiation due to restraint, nor did Dr. Bowes uncover evidence that the conducted energy device, commonly known as a taser, used on Mr. Hyde the day before by Halifax Regional Police caused his death.

"At my request, the case file was independently reviewed and summarized by Dr. Marnie Wood, a forensic pathologist who was not involved in the initial investigation," said Dr. Bowes.

This completes Dr. Bowes' investigation of this case.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

Nova Scotia's chief medical examiner met with Howard Hyde's family today (September 17th) to share the cause of Mr. Hyde's death.

Chief medical examiner Dr. Matthew Bowes has concluded that the cause of death is excited delirium due to paranoid schizophrenia. Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, obesity and restraint during a struggle were all contributing factors.

Dr. Bowes has ruled the death accidental.

An examination of the evidence does not suggest that Mr. Hyde died directly of asphyxiation due to restraint, nor did Dr. Bowes uncover evidence that the conducted energy device, commonly known as a taser, used on Mr. Hyde the day before by Halifax Regional Police, caused his death.

This completes Dr. Bowes' investigation of this case.

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Media Contact:

Sherri Aikenhead
Department of Justice
902-424-3313
Cell: 902-456-6386
E-mail: aikenhsl@gov.ns.ca

Carla Grant
Department of Justice
902-424-6282
E-mail: grantc@gov.ns.ca


Dr. Marnie Wood now appears to be employed by The Office of The Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia.

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