Coroner: Lexington Co. man believed to have been beaten at mailbox collapsed, died of natural causes

Coroner: Lexington Co. man believed to have been beaten at mailbox collapsed, died of natural causes

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Lexington County man who was found badly injured in his driveway in late March and later died was not beaten by an assailant and died of natural causes, the Lexington County Coroner's Office says.

The coroner's office said on Wednesday that the man, whose name was not released, collapsed in his Wesley Court driveway on March 23 and was hospitalized. He passed away on April 3 due to natural causes.

The man in his 60's was going to retrieve his newspaper in the early morning hours and his wife later found him.

"Through extensive examination and investigation, the external injuries were determined to have been nonfatal and most likely sustained when the decedent collapsed onto his driveway as a result of the natural disease process," Coroner Margaret Fisher said.

The Lexington County Coroner's Office had originally been investigating this incident as an assault and was searching for tips in this case.

Due to the injuries the man had, the sheriff's department initially called the incident a "brutal beating."

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