Public Defender: Independent Review of Adachi’s Autopsy Shows Death Was Natural

Jeff Adachi

SAN FRANCISCO — The Office of the Public Defender issued the following statement on Aug. 21 regarding the sudden death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on Feb. 22 at the age of 59.


Robert Chan, an attorney for the family of Jeff Adachi, is releasing three independent reports that raise serious questions about Jeff Adachi’s autopsy, which was conducted by the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office (OCME) in March 2019.

The independent reviews found the cause of death was “sudden cardiac arrhythmia and acute myocardial infraction due to coronary artery disease” and manner of death was “natural.”

The autopsy was reviewed by Dylan V. Miller, M.D., who is an expert in cardiovascular and autopsy pathology, Dr. Nikolas Lemos, a forensic toxicologist, and James L. Norris, a consultant in forensic science.<