Home > News > Sledge Hammer's Cause of Death Still Undetermined • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Sledge Hammer's Cause of Death Still Undetermined

Sledge Hammer's Cause of Death Still Undetermined
Get XBIZ News
XBIZ Research
Will virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift revolutionize adult entertainment?
Yes
  53.57%
No
  46.43%
Out of 112 votes. Results based on votes submitted by members of XBIZ.net social network.
Apr 18, 2012 4:00 PM PST    Text size: 

LOS ANGELES — The L.A. County Coroner told XBIZ Wednesday that he had completed his autospy of Marland Anderson, aka adult performer Sledge Hammer, but that determining the cause of his death has been "deferred" until further tests are conducted.

"What that means is that we want to evaluate the case for additional evidence," said L.A. County Coroner Ed Winter, who performed the autopsy Wednesday.

Winter said the Los Angeles Police Department has no say in whether additional tests are needed to determine a cause of death.

Anderson died at Northridge Hospital last Friday morning, April 13, at the age of 39. He had been in a coma for five days as a result of a cardiac arrest in the early morning hours of Monday, April 9, after an altercation with several Los Angeles police officers.

The incident started when Anderson's girlfriend, adult performer Alexa Cruz, called 911 about 1 a.m. on April 9 from the Reseda apartment where they had lived together for over a year when it appeared that Anderson might be suicidal.

When police and medical personnel tried to take him to the hospital in the ambulance, Anderson, who was suffering from severe insomnia and mild schizophrenia, did not want to go. He resisted and LAPD officers tried to subdue him twice with a Taser, using a technique called contact Tasing in which the darts aren't fired, an LAPD official told XBIZ. Instead, the Taser is placed on the subject's body in an attempt to get him to comply. This technique, also known as a "Drive Stun," is intended to cause pain without incapacitating the target.

Both times the Taser was used on Anderson it was ineffective, according to LAPD spokesman Lt. Andrew Neiman, who said that bodily force from several police officers, possible between six and eight, is ultimately what got Anderson under control.

The coroner indicated that additional test results on Anderson could take up to eight weeks to be evaluated.

For more coverage, click here.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

EDUCATIONAL FEATURES

Retail: Fifty Shades of Anticipation

Retailers are in a unique position of having both the marketing support of major manufacturers and the ability to develop custom promotions specifically for their own customers. The upcoming Fifty Shades... More »

Dispatch From the U.K.: Deciphering the Jargon of New Regs

There has been a lot of confusion in the media recently concerning the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 which pass into U.K. law on Dec. 1. This has been widely publicized as ushering in tighter... More »

Intimate Fitness: Understanding pH

We are hearing more frequently about pH in product advertising and in nutrition discussions these days, but many of us don’t understand the importance or the meaning behind “pH balanced.”... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.

UPCOMING EVENTS

XBIZ.net London Gathering

Feb 19 - Feb 19
London, UK

QWEBEC Snow Gathering

Feb 20 - Feb 23
Quebec City, Canada

AEVC 2015

Feb 25 - Feb 28
World Wide Web

Adultcon Los Angeles

Feb 27 - Mar 01
Los Angeles, California
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!