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Police: Man found dead in Brigham City died of natural causes

Police: Man found dead in Brigham City died of natural causes

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BRIGHAM CITY — Despite receiving information of a potential fight, Brigham City police on Friday said they have found no evidence of foul play in the death of a 56-year-old man.

An autopsy was conducted Friday on Christopher Gallegos, of Brigham City. Brigham City Assistant Police Chief Dennis Vincent said based on the preliminary report, the cause of death was determined to be natural causes "based on multiple health conditions."

A final toxicology report will take an additional one to two months to complete. However, there was no evidence of drug use in the apartment where Gallegos was found, Vincent said.

The incident began just after 2 p.m. Thursday when a second man inside an apartment at 580 N. Main and an adjacent neighbor both called 911 about the same time. The neighbor reported hearing a noise on the other side of the apartment wall that he thought was a scuffle, Vincent said.

On social media, rumors started circulating about a fight inside the apartment and a lot of blood. But once emergency crews got there and looked around, they didn't find any of that, the assistant chief said.

"The evidence doesn't support that in any way, shape or form," he said.

There was no damage inside the apartment and no evidence of a fight, Vincent added.

Gallegos, who did not live in that apartment, was found in a common area. He died at a local hospital.

Vincent said detectives still weren't completely sure of the relation between Gallegos and the other man in the apartment or why Gallegos was there. Vincent said the second man was not being completely forthcoming with investigators on Friday.

Although some elements of the situation still didn't fully make sense on Friday, he said, "There is nothing criminal at this point."

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