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Autopsy inconclusive in Bowman's death

Police need six to eight weeks for further investigation

Christopher Bowman's exploits on and off the ice made him difficult to coach, but his friends and colleagues still remember him fondly.
Christopher Bowman's exploits on and off the ice made him difficult to coach, but his friends and colleagues still remember him fondly. (Paul Harvath)

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By Linda Przygodski
(01/13/2008) - The L.A. County Coroner's department failed to site a specific reason for the death of two-time U.S. Champion Christopher Bowman, who died Thursday on the floor of The Budget Inn in the North Hills area of Los Angeles.

Coroner's officials said in a statement that they may need "six to eight weeks to determine the cause of death."

"The cause of death has been deferred pending further investigation," Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Richard Hanna said Saturday following the autopsy.

Initially, his death had been reported as a possible drug overdose, but no illegal drugs were found at the scene. There was, however, some prescription medication present, but police declined to confirm the type or quantity of the medication. The male friend who found Bowman's body said he had been drinking the night before his death. The autopsy states that Bowman's weight was 261 pounds at the time of his death. Sources confirm that Bowman had been suffering from chronic health problems for many years.

Police have ruled out foul play as a possibility for Bowman's death.