No toxins found in Gatti's body

MATHIEU TURBIDE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:56 AM ET

MONTREAL – Days after a second autopsy was performed on Arturo Gatti’s body, it has emerged that the toxicology tests carried out in Brazil found no substances that could have poisoned the boxer.

According to a report from the Antonio Persivo Cunha Legal Medicine Institute obtained by the Journal de Montreal, the analysis showed that none of the toxic substances that are screened for in homicide cases were detected in Gatti’s body.

The Institute reported having tested for five toxic metals including arsenic, mercury, and bismuth, and 15 types of organic toxins (barbiturates, Algafan, Flunitrazepam, etc.) In overdoses, these substances can lead to loss of consciousness or even a coma in some cases.

“The experts conclude that none of the substances mentioned were detected in the samples analyzed from the body of Arturo Gatti,” medical examiners Silvio Jose Cordeiro Rodrigues and Ana Azoubel Marletti wrote in a report they signed on July 29.

However, the report noted that the experts had not been able to carry out blood alcohol tests on the boxer’s body, “due to technical conditions,” which were not explained.

The report was submitted to a Brazilian judge by the police officers who led the investigation into the boxer’s death. It was the prosecutor in the case, Roberto Brayner, who asked that the report be given to Gatti’s family in Montreal.

The Gatti family has hired a private American medical examiner, Michael Baden, to take a closer look at the Brazilian and Canadian autopsies and come to his own conclusion.

On Saturday, leaks from the Quebec coroner’s office showed that the second autopsy done in Montreal also found the cause of death was from hanging, and rejected the idea of strangulation.

The Montreal autopsy did, however, note the presence of a substance used in medication that can be used as a sedative. According to Gatti’s widow, Amanda Rodrigues, that medication could be Tylenol PM, which her husband sometimes used.

It is still not known whether this substance was in quantities large enough to put the former boxing champion to sleep.


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