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Autopsy: SeaWorld trainer died of trauma, drowning

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Posted: Mar 31, 2010 2:25 PM by Brian Waldrep
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: SeaWorld, Trainer, Autopsy, Results

Autopsy results out today show that a SeaWorld Orlando trainer attacked by a killer whale died of drowning and blunt-force trauma to her head, neck and torso.

The medical examiner ruled Dawn Brancheau's death as accidental. Toxicology results show no drugs were found in her system.

The killer whale named Tilikum, snatched the 40-year-old trainer from a poolside platform and thrashed her around underwater, killing her in front of a horrified audience last month.

It marked the third time the whale had been involved in a death.

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