Tasered SoCal Man's Death Said From Natural Causes

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 54-year-old Orange County man shot by Riverside County sheriff's deputies with a Taser died of natural causes.

Coroner's officials said this week that Lawrence Rosenthal of Placentia died Aug. 7 due to a lack of oxygen to the brain from a cardiovascular heart disease. Medical examiners also say high levels of acute cocaine toxicity contributed to Rosenthal's death.

Sheriff's Lt. John Schultz says examiners have yet to determine whether the Taser contributed as well.

Sheriff's officials say deputies responded to a call on Aug. 2 and found Rosenthal running in and out of traffic in the town of Hemet, claiming he was on fire. They say the Taser dart was used to subdue him after he became confrontational.

Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-09-20-08 1358EDT

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