Tyre Nichols’ autopsy results released

Published: May. 4, 2023 at 12:48 PM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2023 at 10:29 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The autopsy for Tyre Nichols has been made public.

The autopsy states Nichols’ cause of death was blunt force trauma, and the manner of death was homicide.

The document’s release comes a day after family members and attorneys were briefed on the results.

We’ve learned Nichols went into cardiac arrest the night of January 7, causing his heart to stop beating.

EMS first responders were able to get his heart beating again, but Nichols would die due to blunt force injuries to his head three days later.

Thursday, family attorney Ben Crump told Action News 5 in part:

“The utter brutality of the deadly beating that Tyre suffered is once again highlighted in these official autopsy results – no part of this young man was spared as he was tortured to death by these officers.”

A Shelby County medical examiner lists Nichols’ cause of death as blunt force injuries to his head.

The examiner also found several injuries to his neck, torso, arms and legs.

Once Nichols was in the hospital, .the report shows his health began deteriorating.

The report also says Nichols had two hemorrhages in his brain and was put on life support.

He eventually went into liver failure and died three days later, according to the report.

The report also shows Nichols had THC in his system and a blood alcohol level of .049, lower than the legal limit in Tennessee.

Comments were made on body camera footage by some of the officers that night, claiming Nichols was intoxicated.

His mother also claims officers told her that her son was intoxicated and had been arrested for a DUI.

The official autopsy results come on the heels of the announcement of a $550 million dollar lawsuit against the City of Memphis for Nichols’ death.

WARNING: Some details contained in the autopsy may be graphic:

Tyre Nichols, 29, died on January 10, days after a confrontation with police put him in the hospital.

Former Memphis police officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmit Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith are charged with second-degree murder, along with other charges, stemming from Nichols’ death.

Crump and the attorney team for Nichols’ family released a new statement Thursday following the public release:

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