Jamal Edwards: Cocaine sparked death of entrepreneur, coroner concludes

An inquest was held at West London coroner's court into Edwards's death at the age of 31 in February.

He was the son of musician and Loose Women host Brenda Edwards.

There was evidence of cocaine toxicity in Edwards' body, assistant coroner Ivor Collett said, adding the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, following cocaine use.

The coroner concluded the cause of death was drug-related.

A toxicology report found there was evidence of cocaine use and presence of cocaine and alcohol which probably caused his death.

Coroner in Samoa releases baby’s body

Samoa's Assistant Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo told Tala Fou that the body of a 4 month baby that was held at the morgue since last month, has since been released by the Coroner to the baby’s family.

According to Auapaau the medical report following the baby’s death has confirmed that the baby did not die from the covid 19 virus, as was initially suspected.

China offers help with Samoan bodies awaiting autopsies

The Samoa Observer newspaper reported some 18 bodies, including those of children, were lying at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital mortuary waiting for autopsies to be performed.

Samoa does not have a resident pathologist and relied on those seconded from Australia and New Zealand.

However due to Covid-19 border closures this had not happened.

An Embassy spokesperson said they fully understood the situation and China was willing to provide support after further discussions.