Statistically, you could bet he died of a heart attack - but you'd be wrong
A man walked into a bar and ordered a beer. Barney was a farmer in his mid-60s. As he reached into his back pocket for his wallet, he suddenly collapsed forward off the barstool and on to the floor.
An ambulance was called but the monitor showed a flat line. That is what the mortuary admission form recorded.
His unexpected death was referred to the coroner and I was authorised to perform his autopsy.
In my forensic post-mortem examinations in the rural regional centre where I was working, 75% of these sudden deaths were due to