Los Angeles County Medical Examiner James J. Hirschfield said Wednesday he can no longer prove that a herb from the grassland species of L.I.C.E.L.E., the goosegrass, was the cause of a woman’s death.
Hirschfield ruled the case closed, a decision that came as a shock to family members of the woman who died at her home in Gardena in November, according to ABC News affiliate KCAL-TV.
The county said it is conducting a coronavirus testing program for the herb.
Hansen told KCAL that the county will continue to work with the woman’s family to determine the cause.HISTORY: Deadly LA County outbreak continues for second dayAfter the county announced its decision to close the case, Hirschfeld said he will take further action on the case.
“I think that is appropriate,” he said.
“I have not been able to determine, however, whether the herb was responsible.”
In a statement, the woman and her family thanked the coroner for his decision.
“We are thankful for the efforts of all of our family members and friends, who have offered their prayers for our loved one, and we appreciate their continued support,” the statement read.
Hossein and her husband, Hussein Houshmand, said they have been told by the coroner’s office that the woman died from a combination of pneumonia and acute bronchitis.
They also said that the family has been informed that the man who is accused of poisoning her, Abdallah Abdi, will not be charged.
Hussein said they are grateful to the coroner and his staff for the effort they have put into identifying the culprits in this case.
Houshmaid said that he has received many requests from people asking for updates about the investigation.
“The people of Gardena are very appreciative that they’ve been able keep us informed of developments and are really understanding of how this has affected them,” he told KCOL-TV on Tuesday.
Hosein said that she has asked that the media respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time.
“It is my hope that people will respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time and let their own instincts guide them,” she said.