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Coroner: Philly cardinal died of natural causes

Coroner determines retired Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua died of natural causes By The Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) ' A suburban Philadelphia coroner says 88-year-old Cardinal Anthony died of natural causes. His death in January came the day after he had been ruled competent to testify at the child-endangerment trial of a longtime aide.

Officials had said Bevilacqua, who served as archbishop from 1988 to 2003, was suffering from dementia and cancer. But last month, prosecutors asked the coroner to investigate because of the timing of his death.

Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman said at a news conference Thursday that Bevilacqua had suffered from heart disease and prostate cancer

A judge had ruled Bevilacqua competent to testify at the child endangerment trial of Monsignor William Lynn, who is accused of transferring priests suspected of molesting children to unwitting parishes.

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