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Cardiologist rules out heart attack death for newspaper seller who died at G20 summit protest

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2568 (Published 20 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2568
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A report by a professor of cardiology has ruled out death from a heart attack for Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died at the protest against the G20 summit in London on 1 April 2009, the inquest into his death has been told.

Kevin Channer of Royal Hallamshire Hospital was asked by the inquest to write a report on the electrocardiogram readings obtained by paramedics when they attached a defibrillator to Mr Tomlinson after he collapsed. The report states that the readings were inconsistent with arrhythmic heart attack.

Freddy Patel, the pathologist who carried out the initial postmortem investigation into the death (BMJ 2010;341:c3923, doi:10.1136/bmj.c3923), concluded that Mr Tomlinson had …

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