Dr Jonathan Rich, a cardiologist who testified that George Floyd died from low oxygen levels induced by positional asphyxia, said he ruled out other possible causes of death during his scan – including a “primary cardiac event” or drug overdose.
By primary cardiac event, Rich said, he means something that has its origin in the heart like a heart attack. He said that based on his analysis, Floyd was not suffering from heart disease at the time of his death.
“Having considered all the evidence in the case, I can state with a high degree of medical certainty that George Floyd did not die of a primary cardiac event and that he did not die of a drug overdose, ”Rich said.
Rich said Floyd was suffering from three medical conditions at the time of his death.
“First, he had hypertension, high blood pressure. Second, it seemed to me that he might be suffering from anxiety. And third, it looked like he was also suffering from drug addiction,” said the doctor.