Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon says deaths that occurred in the county in 2018 rose to an even 500. That’s up from 465 in 2017.
Cannon reports 466 deaths were from natural causes. Cancers of various forms claimed 122 lives, up from 100 in 2017.
There were 23 accidental deaths. Six of those were from drug overdoses, including four from opiates. That’s down from nine deaths in 2017, all attributed to opiates.
The county recorded 3 traffic fatalities, down from six the prior year. There was one occupational death, with none recorded in 2017.
The coroner’s office investigated two homicides compared to one a year earlier. Eight deaths were ruled suicides, down one from the prior year.
There were no undetermined deaths in either year.
The coroner reviewed 473 of the deaths, while the remaining 27 were medical cases signed by the attending physician. There were 11 autopsies, the same recorded in 2017.
The coroner’s office authorized 242 cremations in 2018, up from 187 the previous year.
The coroner’s office continues to monitor the cause of death in order to identify and address trends and develop prevention measures.