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Letter: It’s time to stop ignoring uncomfortable causes of death

FILE - In this May 29, 2020, file photo, Demonstrators walk along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington as they protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

If I have cancer, diabetes and COPD, if I die in a car accident, I still died as a result of the car accident.

People who try to argue otherwise are denying reality.

If I die with Covid, my other illnesses may make it more likely that I will die, but Covid still killed me.

If I die after a police officer knelt on my neck for nine minutes, COPD makes it more likely that I will die, but having someone kneeling on my neck for nine minutes is what killed me.

It’s time to stop ignoring uncomfortable causes of death.

J.J. Esplin, Salt Lake City

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