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Malibu kitchen worker may have died of natural causes

March 20, 2012 |  8:58 am

Malibu kitchen worker dies
Two days after a kitchen worker was found dead in front of a Malibu restaurant, coroner’s investigators said he may have died of natural causes, although initial reports suggested he had been brutally beaten while taking out the trash.

L.A. County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said an autopsy likely will be performed Wednesday to determine the man's cause of death.

“It’s possibly natural, but we can’t say at this time,” Winter said. “He was found face-down in blood. Don’t know if he hit his head. It’s pending.”

Authorities had initially said in a statement the victim appeared to have been brutally beaten by multiple suspects while he was outside at the rear of the business on the 3800 block of Cross Creek Road.

Tony Waldrop, the manager of Guido’s restaurant where the victim worked, said his employee was last assigned to trash duty before his body was discovered around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday morning, Winter said the death “evidently was not a shooting.” 

“And because of the amount of blood, somebody said they thought he had been brutally beaten,” Winter said.

The name of the kitchen worker has not been released because coroner’s officials have yet to notify his family.


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-- Matt Stevens