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Autopsy: Woman who died after attending Columbus protest died from natural causes

According to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, 22-year-old Sarah Grossman died from a coronary artery dissection due to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Credit: Anderson Funeral Home

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An autopsy has been released for a recent Ohio State graduate who died days after attending a protest in downtown Columbus.

According to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, 22-year-old Sarah Grossman died from a coronary artery dissection due to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. 

The coroner lists her manner of death as natural.

According to Mayo Clinic, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a rare disorder that affects connective tissue, primarily the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls.

Grossman attended the Columbus protests on May 28 – where her father said she was exposed to tear gas and pepper spray. 

She died two days later on May 30 after family members found her unresponsive at their home in Centerville. 

She was taken to Sycamore Hospital suffering from cardiac arrest and was foaming at the mouth, according to the preliminary autopsy report.

Her father called the coroner’s office on May 31 to say that his daughter had been exposed to tear gas and pepper spray while attending the protests in Columbus.

Grossman’s sister also edited an Instagram post that initially suggested Sarah’s death may have been attributed to tear gas exposure.

Reports of Grossman's death – and its supposed connection to pepper spray and tear gas - spread quickly on social media platforms.

Grossman, a native of Springboro, graduated from Ohio State on May 3.