Heart disease caused judge's death, autopsy shows
An autopsy Thursday confirmed that Chief U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster died of natural causes, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.
Lancaster, 63, who was found dead in his home in Stanton Heights by his son Wednesday evening, died of hypertensive heart disease, the spokesman said. Contributing factors were gastrointestinal bleeding due to a gastric ulcer and Type 2 diabetes, the autopsy showed.
Lancaster, a native of Brownsville, was appointed a federal judge by President Clinton in December 1993. He was named chief judge of the Western District of Pennsylvania in September 2009.
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