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"Macho Man" Randy Savage died of heart disease according to autopsy

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Some details from Randy Savage's autopsy report were released today (the whole report will be released in the next several weeks as part of the traffic homicide report) and as expected, he died of a form of heart disease.  He was suffering from atheriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, a thickening of the arterial walls that can lead to a heart attack or cardiac arrest.  His heart was enlarged, which was considered a forgone conclusion before his death.  Eddy Guerrero had pretty much the same cause of death.  

The toxicology report found the presence of the following substances in non-lethal levels:

  • Acetaminophen (known as paracetamol in some countries and best known under the Tylenol brand name).
  • Caffeine
  • Dihydrocodein (a narcotic painkiller)
  • Doxylamine (an antihistamine also used as a sleep aid, it's the sedating ingredient in Nyquil and available by itself in Unisom 2)
  • Hydrocodone (The narcotic painkiller in Vicodin)
  • Alcohol (Below the legal limit)

The investigation is still officially open, but this is pretty much the end of the case from a news standpoint.

As far as my thoughts on heart disease as the cause of death go, my post from when Lanny Poffo broached the subject three weeks ago best sums them up.

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