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okay at 10:00pm and when I awoke at 6:30am he had died

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My husband recently passed away. He was okay at 10:00pm and when I awoke at 6:30am he had died. Rigamortis had set in. He was in a closed bathroom with high heat and high humidity (trying to breath easier). Do you have an estimate of the time of death?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 6 years ago.

Hello-

Rigor mortis sets in between 10 min to a couple hours after death, and reaches maximal "stiffness" by 12-24 hours. So based on the limited information you have, he died any time from 10:30 pm to 6:00 am.

If his whole body was stiff by the time you woke up, then death likely was earlier the night before- ( say 1030 pm - 1 or 2 am ) but it would be difficult to know more precisely.

 

Good luck.

 

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
How does the temperatur and humidity affect rigamortis?
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 6 years ago.

The term is rigor mortis.

 

Cooling may inhibit rigor mortis. A warm/ humid room would actually speed onset. If he was fully stiff by the morning, it still means he was dead longer- but it would not help determine any more precisely the time of death.

 

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
What does the ME Report show? They said I could order one.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

The death certificate says: atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease

 

He was 71 years old

Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 6 years ago.

OK.

So he had a cardiac event likely a heart attack or a rhythms disturbance that killed him.

This does not change my answer above.

 

I am sorry for you loss.

 

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions. I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 6 years ago.

You're welcome.

Be well.