Hank Aaron died of natural causes, had no COVID-19 symptoms, medical examiner says

ATLANTA — The Fulton County Medical Examiner released the cause of death for baseball legend Hank Aaron on Monday.

Aaron died of natural causes, according to the medical examiner’s office report obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

The medical examiner’s report said that Aaron did not have any COVID-19 symptoms. In his medical history, the report listed prostate issues and hypertension.

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There will be a visitation for Aaron at Truist Park Tuesday at 1 p.m. with funeral set for Wednesday at Friendship Baptist Church at 1 p.m.

Both services are closed to the public, but will be available to watch on on Channel 2 Action News and WSBTV.com

Earlier this month on Jan. 5, Aaron received his COVID-19 vaccination, but the report did not

Aaron took the vaccine alongside other civil rights leaders including former Atlanta mayor and ambassador Andrew Young and Morehouse School of Medicine founder Dr. Louis Sullivan.

“It makes you feel like you are doing something not only to help yourself, but to help your community,” Aaron told Channel 2 Action News.

Morehouse School of Medicine issued a statement, saying his death was not related to the vaccine.

“Baseball legend, businessman and philanthropist Henry “Hank” Aaron was a strong supporter of Morehouse School of Medicine. Our clinical team was honored to administer the Moderna Covid19 vaccine to Mr. Aaron and wife Billye Suber Aaron — along with more than 20 civil and human rights leaders — on Jan. 5, 2021. Each recipient was over the age of 75 and therefore part of Class 1A.”

“Mr. Aaron was a public health advocate and worked with us to help bridge the health equity gap in Atlanta and around the world. His passing was not related to the vaccine, nor did he experience any side effects from the immunization. He passed away peacefully in his sleep.”

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