Statement by Dr. Kris Sperry, Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Georgia, on the Death of Lynn Turner

September 15, 2010

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that Lynn Turner died as the result of the toxic effects of the prescription medication propranolol, a blood pressure medication that Ms. Turner had been prescribed.  Ms. Turner was found dead on her bed in her cell in Metro State Prison on the morning of August 30, 2010.  Toxicology studies revealed that Ms. Turner had a lethal level of this drug in her blood indicating that she had ingested an amount well above the prescribed dosage.  No evidence of injury or foul play was detected in the course of the autopsy examination.  The death is being classified as a suicide. 

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