The Midwest Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death of Olympic “Miracle on Ice” hockey star Mark Pavelich was suicide. 63-year-old Pavelich was found dead the morning of March 4th at a residential treatment facility in Sauk Centre in central Minnesota. The medical examiner says Pavelich had a plastic bag over his head. He had been charged in August 2019 with beating a neighbor on Minnesota’s North Shore, but a judge found Pavelich incompetent to stand trial. He was originally committed to the state treatment facility in Saint Peter, but showed enough progress that he was allowed to move to a less-restrictive facility in Sauk Centre. Pavelich’s sister told the Star Tribune shortly after the assault that the family is convinced “all the concussions and the blows he had in the NHL” caused a degenerative brain disease linked to erratic behavior and deaths of hockey and football players.
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