A coronavirus death has been ruled a suicide, Spokane Medical Examiner Ed Brown said Thursday.
The cause of death was ruled a “suicide by hanging,” Brown said in a news release.
Brown said the coroner will have to conduct a toxicology examination.
Brown, a former FBI agent, retired in 2015.
The coronavisavirus has killed more than 5,500 people across the United States and Canada, with nearly 300,000 confirmed cases.
Brown’s death marks the third coronavid death in the Spokane area since October.
He said it is likely the cause of his death is still under investigation.
The city of Spokane is hosting a public funeral service on Sunday for Brown, who died Wednesday in Spokane.