Cyanide suspected in former Boston doctor's death
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The husband of a former doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has come under scrutiny following her death.
Dr. Autumn Klein, 41, collapsed just before midnight in her Oakland, Penn. home on April 17. She died three days later. Investigators believe Klein had toxic levels of cyanide in her blood.
A cyanide expert said the drug is a poison to the human body.
“It gets in the tissue so rapidly that they might be dead before they hit the ground,” said Dr. Fred Fochtman of the Wecht Institute.
No autopsy was performed on Dr. Klein. Her organs were donated and her remains were cremated.
Investigators did interview her husband, Dr. Robert Ferrante, but he was not named a suspect. Search warrants were executed at the couple’s home and at a laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, where Dr. Ferrante works.
According to reports, Ferrante first told investigators his wife died of stroke, but he apparently placed an order of cyanide a few days before her death.
Cyanide is used in some commercial applications.
Sources said Ferrante never administered CPR and didn’t call police to ask about what happened to her.