EBR Coroner’s Office determines cause of death for African American Museum founder


East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark has completed an autopsy on Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph.

Clark said the manner of death was homicide.

The EBR Coroner also stated the “preliminary cause of death was traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation.”

Coroner Clark released this statement:

It is with great sadness and respect we investigate any unexpected or traumatic death. When our investigation involves an innocent victim, such as Ms. Sadie Joseph, it is particularly tragic. Our condolences are extended to Ms. Joseph’s family and friends.

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