Ed Winter Coroner to the Stars Is Dead at 73
Ed Winterthe Los Angeles County deputy coroner who handled deaths/investigations of some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities has died… TMZ learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ… Winter died at his home in Los Angeles on Friday of natural causes.
Winter was there in front of the cameras in the cases that involved it Michael JacksonAnd Whitney HoustonAnd Brittany MurphyAnd Paul WalkerAnd Tom Petty And Corey Haim.
Perhaps the most notable case involved Michael Jackson death. Winter had immediate concerns when he saw the shocking number of injection points in Jackson’s body. He was at the UCLA Medical Center, where Jackson was taken, and just after he was pronounced dead, Dr. Conrad Murray had left the facility. He ran away, said Winter. Murray was the one to sign Jackson’s death certificate, but Winter ended up doing it.
Winter later said Jackson had enough propofol to “bring down a rhino or an elephant”.
But Winter knew there was more to the story, and he also set his sights on it doctor. Arnold Klein, Jackson’s dermatologist who fed him daily with massive doses of Demerol. He tried to obtain Klein’s medical records and eventually discovered that Jackson had 19 drug-registration aliases, and Klein was a key enabler.
Whitney Houston death just before Clive DavisThe 2012 ceremony leading up to the Grammys was also a defining moment in his career. Winter has become a staple of television, and has been very recognizable. After Whitney’s body was discovered, her family gathered near her hotel room. Someone introduced a family member to Winter, and the woman said, “I know who Ed Winter is.” was the woman Dionne Warwick.
On Winter’s first day of work, he is assigned a notorious famous case – a death Lana Clarksonby the music icon Phil Spectorwho was again convicted of murder.
The shocking death of Paul Walker was another high-profile case Winter managed. He appeared on TV to explain what happened in the car accident…”He died instantly,” Winter told reporters, despite reports that the actor was screaming for help.
Winter was 73. RIP