The mother of a Florida pastor who was found dead in a hotel room in New York City’s Times Square has sued the city to keep his cause of death hidden from the public.
Zachery Tims, 42, was the founder and pastor of the New Destiny Christian Center, an 8,000-member megachurch in Apopka, Fla.
He was found dead on Aug. 12 at the W Hotel when housekeepers attempted to clean his room but found it latched from the inside. A law enforcement official told The Wall Street Journal that police found a glassine envelope with a white powdery substance inside the right pocket of his shorts.
An initial autopsy on Tims was inconclusive.
According to the New York Daily News, His mother, Riva Tims, filed a lawsuit Friday against the city of New York and its Medical Examiner’s Office to keep his cause of death from being revealed to the public.
The Medical Examiner’s office is forbidden by law from making full autopsy results public, but releases cause of death information upon request.
via Dead Pastor’s Mother Wants Cause Secret
There was speculation that there were drugs involved with the Pastor’s death… but I’m not sure what good not releasing any cause of death would do, other than confirm or deny that fact. If drugs were involved, then there would be closure. If drugs were not involved and it was natural causes, then it would put the whole ‘drug’ thing to rest.