Doctor Who Declared George Floyd Dead Talks ‘Excited Delirium,’ Drug Use During Derek Chauvin Trial

Doctor Who Declared George Floyd Dead Talks ‘Excited Delirium,’ Drug Use During Derek Chauvin Trial


The doctor who declared George Floyd dead said Monday on the stand that he believed Floyd died of cardiac arrest caused by an oxygen deficiency, or asphyxia.

Dr. Bradford Langenfeld said that, initially, one of his “leading theories” was that excited delirium, which can be caused by drugs, triggered the lack of oxygen.

Langenfeld, though, thought at the time that this was unlikely because paramedics did not indicate to him that the then-unidentified man was sweating or appeared agitated — both very common in drug overdoses.

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“I’ve seen a lot of cases of mental health crises or drug use leading to severe agitated states,” he said. “That is almost always reported by paramedics, and so the absence of that information was telling.”

Dr. Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld is the state’s first witness this morning. #DerekChauvinTrial pic.twitter.com/YSsRlkFThK

— Ana Lastra (@AnaViLastra) April 5, 2021

According to The New York Times, there isn’t a “generally accepted definition of excited delirium, according to a 2018 review of the scientific literature,

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