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Respiratory infection killed Malibu kitchen worker, officials say

March 21, 2012 |  2:35 pm

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Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Wednesday an upper respiratory infection killed a man who was discovered dead in front of a Malibu restaurant.

Carlos Ivan Rodas, 32, was found late Sunday lying in a pool of blood in front of Guido’s restaurant on Cross Creek Road, where he worked.

Initially, investigators said they believed Rodas had been brutally beaten at the rear of the building before staggering to the front door.

But in a statement Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s officials blamed natural causes.

“It appears there was no criminal conduct related to his death,” officials said in the statement.

The explanation leaves questions about the pool of blood.

Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said he could not discuss the case because it was placed on a security hold at 10:16 a.m. Wednesday. A sheriff’s official said it was unclear why the hold was ordered.

No additional details were immediately available.


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