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Death ruled natural for local college grad who died after pepper spraying at Columbus protest

Sarah Grossman
Sarah Grossman

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office today released findings that 22-year-old Sarah Grossman died from a previously undiagnosed genetic disorder.

Grossman’s May 30 death made national news after social media reports that her death was possibly related to being pepper sprayed by Columbus police at a May 28 protest against the killing of George Floyd. Columbus police said they were investigating the claims.

PREVIOUS REPORT: Grossman family: No evidence protest pepper spray or OD caused death; review continues

Grossman was a 2016 Springboro High School graduate who graduated Cum Laude on May 3 from Ohio State University with a degree in environmental sciences. Grossman died at Sycamore Hospital in Miamisburg after being rushed there by family from their Centerville home.

Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger released a cause of death today “as coronary artery dissection due to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. The death has been ruled natural.”

A statement from Grossman’s family says Grossman was not previously diagnosed with the syndrome.

Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a group of connective tissue disorders that can be inherited and result in, among other things, arterial fragility or rupture, according to the Ehlers-Danlos Society website.