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

The family of a 22-year-old woman whose death is being investigated over claims it might have been related to being exposed to pepper spray at a Columbus protest last month issued a statement today addressing social media posts and news stories being reported internationally.

The family’s statements says:

“We are devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of our daughter Sarah Grossman. Due to media speculation regarding her death we felt it necessary to make a brief statement at this time. Sarah did attend a rally in Columbus on May 28, 2020, where she was exposed to pepper spray. Autopsy and toxicology reports are not complete and there is no evidence at this time that pepper spray caused her death.

“Although all reports are not final, we do know from preliminary toxicology reports that there was no evidence of any accidental or intentional drug overdose as was apparently reported and suspected by an emergency room nurse. Sarah had no know peanut allergy or asthma as speculated. Therefore at this time, the cause of her death remains unknown, and we will look to the medical examiner’s findings in determining cause of death.”

Grossman died at Sycamore Hospital in Miamisburg after being rushed there by family from their Centerville home. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office says an official cause of death is still likely weeks out.

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The Columbus police department is also gathering information because of reports originating from a family member on social media that she died possibly from respiratory issues from being exposed to tear gas while protesting the death of George Floyd.

Sarah Grossman graduated from Ohio State University on May 3. She was a 2016 graduate of Springboro High School.

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