An independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd's family determined that his cause of death was "homicide caused by asphyxia," family members announced Monday. Early findings from two independent medical examiners found that Floyd died from asphyxia "due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain." Video emerged last week showing Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck while he said he couldn't breathe; Chauvin has since been fired and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The Hennepin County medical examiner's preliminary findings, meanwhile, found "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation" last week. It also cited "underlying health conditions" that "likely contributed to his death," but the independent doctors on Monday said Floyd had "no underlying medical problem that caused or contributed to his death."

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