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Coroner's technician might have died from poisoning, police say

Los Angeles police are investigating the death of a well-known L.A. County Coroner's technician who might have died of poisoning, officials said Friday.

Michael Cormier, 61, died last week after being taken to a Burbank hospital from his North Hollywood area home. Hospital staff notified police of some concerns surrounding the cause of Cormier's death.

"At this point, we haven't ruled out foul play," said Lt. Alan Hamilton of the Los Angeles Police Department. "It is one of the things being considered. We are waiting for the coroner's results."

Authorities have examined Cormier's Auckland Avenue home for clues to the cause of his death. Hamilton cautions that such investigations are standard practice when there is even a suggestion of anything other than natural causes.

Cormier also worked as a coroner's photographer.


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