Originally Posted by Piobaire
Choking was the proximal cause though, no? His ticker decided to give out at that moment due to the actions of the cops, no?
We don't know because they won't release the autopsy or the ME's report.
But the gist of it seems to be that he had a heart attack and died. The ME decided that the heart attack was caused by asphyxiation--which they attributed to asthma, positional asphyxia, and a "choke hold." I'm sure that the choke hold (assuming for the sake of argument that it happened) didn't help him breathe, but it's really, really obvious from the video that he died because he couldn't survive the stress of the arrest, and to the extent he was killed by asphyxiation it was because he was too fat and sick to breathe while lying on his stomach (i.e., positional asphyxiation, which is a real thing). But it's something that took a long time to really hurt him, since he was obviously still breathing, just not enough to support his 450lbs or whatever he weighed.