Autopsy shows Ohio protester, 22, died of natural causes, not pepper spray

Per the NY Daily News, Sarah Grossman, a 22-year-old Ohio protester, died of natural causes and not pepper spray, an autopsy found.

Her death was linked to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which affects connective tissues that support skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs.

Some social media users shared false news that she was killed by the police and it triggered her asthma.

A inaccurate post rated false

Per Lead Stories, this claim appeared as a post (archived here) shared on Facebook on June 6, 2020, under the title “Rest in Power Sarah.”

It opened:

RIP Sarah Grossman She passed after police sprayed her protest group with tear gas, allegedly triggering her asthma eventually leading to her death. Remember her and what she stood for #BlackLivesMatter

Fox News reports a 22-year-old Ohio woman who died two days after participating in a protest related to the death of George Floyd, died of natural causes – not from exposure to pepper spray, an autopsy determined.

Sarah Grossman, who took part in the May 28 protest in Columbus, had recently graduated from the Ohio State University, according to The Lantern, a campus newspaper.

The autopsy after her May 30 death in a hospital revealed she died from a tear in a coronary artery related to a pre-existing case of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, according to The Associated Press.

The condition affects tissues that connect various parts of the body, including organs, blood vessels and bones, according to the National Institutes of Health.