- BC Games
Investigators determine Duck Pond death due to natural causes
The death of 78-year-old Michael Lawler in a community park Aug. 13 resulted from natural causes, the BC Coroners Service states.
Barb McLintock with the BCCS’s Victoria office stated the BCCS “waived its interest” in investigating Lawler’s sudden death due to the fact that “it was a completely natural death.”
A Lake Cowichan resident, Lawler had apparently simply been out for his morning walk before another local resident discovered him lying on the ground in Riverside Park near the Duck Pond, and contacted emergency services.
The BCCS conferred with Lawler’s physician following his death and it was agreed that, given his medical history, his death was due to natural causes, McLintock said.
The physician in question then signed the medical certificate, effectively ending the BCCS’s involvement in the case, McLintock added.
The Lake Cowichan RCMP stated that foul play was not suspected and police involvement in the case is completed, Sgt. Wes Olsen said.
“His stories will be missed by his sons, brothers, grandkids, nieces and nephews,” an obituary notice sent to the Gazette reads, before advising readers they can forward their condolences to Lawler’s friends and family via email at email@example.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and TB Vets.
“An open house will be announced at a later date,” the notice concludes.