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Weld County Coroner Terms

Cause of death - the disease or injury that initiates a chain of events, brief or prolonged, which produces a fatal outcome.

Mechanism of death - the final physiologic derangement, incompatible with continued life, produced by the cause of death, e.g. sepsis, respiratory depression, cardiac dysrhythmia, etc.

Manner of death - a classification of the way in which the cause of death came about, specifically, natural, homicidal, suicidal or accidental.

Natural death - death due to natural causes, i.e. due to a spontaneous or naturally occurring disease or degenerative process.

Accidental death - unnatural death where there is no evidence of intent to cause harm.

Suicide - unnatural death resulting from a purposeful action, explicit or implicit, taken to end one’s life.

Homicide - unnatural death resulting from the killing of one person by another (irregardless of justification).

Manner undetermined- the ruling applied when insufficient evidence or information was adduced (usually about intent) to assign a manner of death.


Office of the Coroner

915 10th Street
Greeley, CO 80632
(3rd Floor) Rm. 325

Mailing Address:
PO Box 758
Greeley, CO 80631-0758

Phone: (970) 400-4990
Fax: (970) 392-4546

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5 :00 p.m.
Office Hours - Not closed for lunch


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