From the Associated Press:
The police chief in Alaska’s capital city defended his department’s response after the newly elected mayor was found dead at home, bruised and bloodied, and speculation ran rampant as to the cause of his death.
But on Wednesday, preliminary autopsy results indicated that Stephen “Greg” Fisk, 70, died of natural causes and that the injuries he sustained were consistent with falling or stumbling into objects.
The speculation was fueled — and the attention surrounding the case grew — when police did not immediately rule out foul play in the death of Fisk, who went by Greg. Police deferred until autopsy results came back.
Sometimes, it’s obvious at the scene that a person died of natural causes. “In this case, we just can’t confirm that yet or rule anything out,” police spokeswoman Erann Kalwara had said Tuesday.
Fisk’s death made national headlines this week and garnered notice far outside Juneau’s remote location.
During a news conference, police chief Bryce Johnson said Fisk had a history of heart problems. He said it’s believed that Fisk had some issues with his heart and fell.