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Phoenix police: Patient dies at hospital after visit from 'suspicious' man

Posted at 6:30 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 20:22:08-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix police are investigating after a patient at HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center died Friday under suspicious circumstances.

Officers were dispatched to the hospital near 27th Avenue and Beardsley Road around 3:10 p.m. after someone called to say a man had died after a "suspicious person" had visited a patient's room.

When officers spoke with hospital staff, workers told them the man told staff he was there to visit the victim and left a short time later.

Police say moments after the man left, nurses checked on the victim and found him in distress, foaming from the mouth and unresponsive. Hospital workers performed emergency lifesaving actions, but the victim did not survive.

Authorities say the actual cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. The victim is not being identified at this time.

The man seen leaving the victims' room was described as an adult male, wearing a white cap, blue jeans, and a t-shirt with multiple colors.

On Monday, a spokesperson for HonorHealth stated that officials would be unable to comment due to the active police investigation.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or if they wish to remain anonymous, they can contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.

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