Medical experts say the death on Friday of a orthopedist who died of a cardiac arrest while working in a computer office is being investigated as a suspicious death.
The death of Dr. Ronald C. Davenport Jr., 64, who had been in intensive care since Friday, was being investigated by the Office of Medical Examiners and has prompted calls for an independent autopsy.
Davenport was diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome and underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was a resident.
He died a few hours later at UCLA Medical Center, where his wife, Sandra, was undergoing surgery.
Dr. Davon Davenports was a founding partner of the family-run orthopedics practice in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank, California, known for its high-tech computer equipment.
He was a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and a fellow of the American College of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
He worked in computer technology, medical devices and medical diagnostics for 25 years.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Dr. Darnport’s wife, Linda, described him as a “loving husband and father,” and said his death was a “big blow” to his family.
“It’s a big blow to the whole family,” Linda Davenpents told AP.
“Ronald was a very devoted father to our four children and a wonderful husband.”
He was a practicing orthopedicist and an assistant professor of orthopedica at the University at Buffalo Medical Center where he practiced under the title of orthotics and sports medicine.
He received the prestigious Arthur A. Rehn Medical Distinguished Professor of Orthopedics from the American Orthopathsic Society of North America in 1996 and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Award in 2005.
He was married for 57 years to his wife Sandra Davenpor.
The family released a statement Saturday from Dr. Richard J. Condon, the chairman of the medical board at Cedar-Siniego Medical Center.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Drs.
Ronald DavenPorts and Dr. Steven DavenPort, and we extend our deepest condolences to their loved ones,” the statement said.
It said Dr. Candon was a mentor to many, including Sandra and Ronald.
Dr Condon served as the director of the hospital’s department of orthopaedics and a member of the department’s faculty since 2013.
The hospital said it has launched an investigation into the death.