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Old 04-24-2016, 08:27 PM
 
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Is there a way to find what the official cause of death is for someone?
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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If you are a family member you can get a death certificate and check the box that asks if you would like that included.

My son's said "natural causes" which didn't help except it wasn't drugs or suicide. I did know he had both diabetes issues as well as heart problems.
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Old 04-24-2016, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Yeah, it is on the death certificate. However, while it might be "official" it is not always correct.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:08 AM
 
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If you are a family member you can get a death certificate and check the box that asks if you would like that included.

My son's said "natural causes" which didn't help except it wasn't drugs or suicide. I did know he had both diabetes issues as well as heart problems.
I'm not a family member.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:44 AM
 
Location: SWFL
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I'm not a family member.
Then, no, you have no "rights" to know what the official cause of death is. You can only accept what the family says.
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:00 PM
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Almost anyone can get a copy of death certificate. Go online and Google say "Hawaii death certificates" and see what comes up. You'll get links to follow. It may take a try or two to find the right state agency. The only state I've encountered that won't give them out to anyone but family is New Jersey. I do genealogy and most states will give you a copy of a death certificate, no questions asked, if you pay the correct fee (usually around $50). Some ask if it's for genealogy, so just say yes.
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:37 PM
 
Location: SWFL
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Almost anyone can get a copy of death certificate. Go online and Google say "Hawaii death certificates" and see what comes up. You'll get links to follow. It may take a try or two to find the right state agency. The only state I've encountered that won't give them out to anyone but family is New Jersey. I do genealogy and most states will give you a copy of a death certificate, no questions asked, if you pay the correct fee (usually around $50). Some ask if it's for genealogy, so just say yes.
Interesting, Marcy! I did not know that! You taught me something new today! I never pondered the question since it is IMO no one's business except family, what someone died of! Color me naive.
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Edgewater, Florida
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Do not like the idea that anyone can get a death certificate it should be family only and they should ask for proof before sending certificate out.
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:49 PM
 
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Do not like the idea that anyone can get a death certificate it should be family only and they should ask for proof before sending certificate out.
Then I guess you'll have to move to New Jersey.

Los Angeles County sold me (I think it was $26) a copy of my ex-husband's death certificate.
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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If the coroner is involved I think it is public information. My old home town newspaper used to publish the coroner reports. I don't see why anyone would care unless they did a David Carradine.

When I did obits for my family I always included cause of death.
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