Coroner: Bevilacqua Had Prescribed Drugs in System

By Vinny Vella
Philadelphia Daily News
February 28, 2012

Several prescription medications were found in Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's body at the time of his death, but the Montgomery County coroner won't know for a few weeks whether those drugs matched prescribed levels.

Walter I. Hoffman unveiled the preliminary results of his autopsy of Bevilacqua yesterday.

Hoffman also warned that results may be inaccurate due to the body having already been embalmed when the test was taken. He said testing will be completed around March 10.

An autopsy was ordered by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman because of the odd timing of Bevilacqua's death, one day after a ruling ordering him to testify in a sex-abuse trial against two priests and a monsignor.








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