Coroner says McIntyre man died of natural causes

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a Whitehorse resident last week. Police and emergency services responded to a call in the McIntyre subdivision in the early morning of Jan. 29.

Foul play is not suspected in the death of a Whitehorse resident last week.

Police and emergency services responded to a call in the McIntyre subdivision in the early morning of Jan. 29.

Despite resuscitative efforts, Bruce Smith was pronounced dead at approximately 4 a.m. that morning.

A forensic autopsy on the 49-year-old was performed at the Vancouver General Hospital, according to Yukon’s chief coroner, Kirsten Macdonald.

“As a result of the preliminary autopsy findings, it is believed that Mr. Smith died as a result of natural causes,” she said.

But the final ruling of his cause of death will take several months to determine, she added, pending toxicology tests and other examinations.

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