By far the largest segment of deaths investigated by the Coroner are determined to be natural.
Natural deaths include people who have no attending physician to sign the death certificate. It is also composed of those individuals who die suddenly and unexpectedly, even though a physician has seen them recently. They include individuals who have affected their health by the use of drugs or alcohol.
All deaths of inmates while incarcerated or when the eventual cause of death is found to have originated while the victim was incarcerated are types of deaths that are investigated by the Coroner.
Deaths of individuals who die of disease that might constitute a threat to public health are reviewed.
The Coroner must review deaths of persons whose bodies are to be cremated, buried at sea, transported out of state, or are otherwise unavailable for pathological study.
Deaths of transplant surgery donors that are the result of some type of trauma are reviewed.