Ed Winter, the coroner who handled deaths of Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy and more, has died
Ed Winter, the Deputy L.A. County Coroner who handled some of the biggest celebrity fatalities, has died, TMZ reported.
Law enforcement told the publication that Winter, 73, passed away of natural causes at his home in the LA area on Friday, March 17.
Winter was at the forefront of high-profile deaths that included Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, Paul Walker, and many others.
One of his biggest investigations came when Michael Jackson died in 2009 and he was left to sign the birth certificate after Dr. Conrad Murray ‘fled’ the UCLA Medical Center scene.
Winter was immediately suspicious of the case when he saw ‘a shocking number of injection points in Jackson’s body.’
Rest in peace: Ed Winter, the Deputy L.A. County Coroner who handled some of the biggest celebrity fatalities, has died
Career: Winter was at the forefront of high-profile deaths that included Whitney Houston , Brittany Murphy , Paul Walker, and many others
According to the coroner, the legendary pop star had enough Propofol in his system ‘to put down a rhinoceros or an elephant.’
Winter suspected there was more to learn about the death, and additionally eyed Jackson’s dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein.
It was later alleged that Klein regularly doled out doses of Demerol to his famous client.
Winter sought Klein’s medical records and it was discovered that Jackson had 19 pseudonyms to secure drugs, with Klein being a key enabler.
The Whitney case in 2012 also proved to be a career-defining moment as Winter had become so well-known that Dionne Warwick, a family member of Houston’s, recognized him when he arrived on the scene.
Paul Walker’s death by car accident was another buzzed about case that elevated his career.
At the time, Ed dispelled reports that the actor was screaming for help at the time of the crash as he went on TV and told reporters, ‘He died instantly.’
One of Winter’s first assignments was the February 2003 death of Lana Clarkson, who was murdered by music titan Phil Spector.
Huge case: Ed, who was the Assistant Chief Investigator from the Department of the Coroner for Los Angeles County at the time, spoke to the media outside the rented Holmby Hills home of music legend Michael Jackson after his death in 2009
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