The cause of death may have been asphyxiation, but more tests were needed and will possibly take weeks.
“The cause of death was put at asphyxiation due to hanging,” said a spokeswoman for the Westchester County Medical Examiner.
Later, forensic exams found a near-fatal dose of heroin in her stomach but determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation.
asphyxiate as·phyx·i·ate (ās-fĭk'sē-āt')
v. as·phyx·i·at·ed, as·phyx·i·at·ing, as·phyx·i·ates
To induce asphyxia.