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Dr. Cyril Wecht, pathologist known for his work on JFK assassination case, dies

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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STARTING THINGS OFF AT NOON. WITH THAT BREAKING NEWS, DOCTOR CYRIL WECHT, THE RENOWNED FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST WHO WAS INVOLVED IN SUCH FAMOUS CASES AS THE JFK ASSASSINATION AND THE DEATH OF JONBENET RAMSEY, HAS DIED. WECHT PASSED AWAY TODAY AT THE AGE OF 93. PITTSBURGH’S ACTION NEWS FOUR SPOKE WITH WECHT AND ONE OF HIS FINAL TELEVISED INTERVIEWS LAST FALL. THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HIS LONG STANDING CAREER AND HIS DEDICATION TO FINDING THE TRUTH. JUST KEEP FIGHTING FOR THE TRUTH AND THE MORE TRUTH THAT EMERGES FROM THESE EXAMINATIONS, THEN YOU KNOW, THE LESS LIKELY IT WILL BE FOR RECURRENCES TO TAKE PLACE. PITTSBURGH’S ACTION NEWS FOUR IS WORKING ON THIS MAJOR DEVELOPING STORY. BE SURE TO LOOK FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE IN ALL OF O

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Dr. Cyril Wecht, pathologist known for his work on JFK assassination and JonBenet Ramsey cases, dies

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Updated: 1:27 PM PDT May 13, 2024

Dr. Cyril Wecht, a former Allegheny County medical examiner and renowned forensic pathologist known for his work on cases such as the JFK assassination and JonBenet Ramsey, died Monday. He was 93.Video above: Remembering Cyril WechtThe Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced Wecht’s death Monday morning.Wecht was born in Pittsburgh in 1931 and raised in Bobtown, McKees Rocks and the Lower Hill District. He earned medical and law degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and also served in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his career in forensic pathology.Pittsburgh sister station WTAE spoke with Wecht last fall in one of his final televised interviews, as he talked about his longstanding career and dedication to finding the truth.”Just keep fighting for the truth, and the more truth that emerges from these examinations, the less likely it will be for recurrences to take place,” Wecht said in that interview.Video above: Wecht offers his perspective on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 2023The longtime Pittsburgh resident is survived by his wife Sigrid, four children and 11 grandchildren.An obituary released by the courts said that the funeral, burial and shiva will be private, with a public memorial service to be announced.

Dr. Cyril Wecht, a former Allegheny County medical examiner and renowned forensic pathologist known for his work on cases such as the JFK assassination and JonBenet Ramsey, died Monday. He was 93.

Video above: Remembering Cyril Wecht

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The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced Wecht’s death Monday morning.

Wecht was born in Pittsburgh in 1931 and raised in Bobtown, McKees Rocks and the Lower Hill District. He earned medical and law degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and also served in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his career in forensic pathology.

Pittsburgh sister station WTAE spoke with Wecht last fall in one of his final televised interviews, as he talked about his longstanding career and dedication to finding the truth.

“Just keep fighting for the truth, and the more truth that emerges from these examinations, the less likely it will be for recurrences to take place,” Wecht said in that interview.

Video above: Wecht offers his perspective on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 2023

The longtime Pittsburgh resident is survived by his wife Sigrid, four children and 11 grandchildren.

An obituary released by the courts said that the funeral, burial and shiva will be private, with a public memorial service to be announced.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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