Appeal Delays Release of Zachery Tims' Cause of Death

Zachery Tims

Although a judge ruled in December that Zachery Tims' cause of death should be revealed, it is still being hidden from the public.

According the Orlando Sentinel, A New York state Appellate Court issued an interim stay preventing the New York Medical Examiner from releasing the cause of death of the Orlando, Fla.-area megapastor after his mother appealed the judge's ruling.

Manhattan State Supreme Court Judge Cynthia S. Kern previously ruled that the Medical Examiner's office has the legal right to reveal Tim's cause of death to the public, though they can keep his autopsy and toxicology report private. But Madeline Tims filed an appeal against the ruling on Wednesday.

Zachery Tims was found dead in a New York City hotel room in August. Police initially ruled there was no foul play in the death. But news reports indicate Tims, who died at the age of 42, had a plastic bag filled with white powder in his pocket, leading many to believe his death was associated with a drug overdose. By Tims’ own testimony, he was instantly delivered from drug addiction when he was saved as a teenager.

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