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Elderly man in altercation died of natural causes, coroner says

Fred Govern, 92, suffered cardiac arrest at hospital, officials say

POTTSVILLE, Pa. - A man who died following an altercation inside a nursing home in Schuylkill County died of natural causes, the coroner said Friday.

State police had been investigating the death of Fred John Govern, who suffered minor head and facial pain and abrasions to both arms in an altercation with another resident inside the Pinebrook Personal Care and Retirement Center in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, near Orwigsburg, on March 17.

Govern, 92, was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville for treatment, but police said he suffered cardiac arrest and died before his release.

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