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Featured on HBO, Autopsy is a television series that delves into the depths of death. It explores the reasons people die. Some of the cases are prominent figures in the country. The show is about a forensic pathologist who has viewed the cases and gives commentary about the findings. Each season is given a title relating to life and death. There are cases that deal with teenagers, children and adults. No person is exempt from the harsh reality of an autopsy. The show gives viewers an inside look at the office of a medical examiner and what a day in the life of this kind of doctor is like. Some of the cases are not pleasant to look at, such as maggots in bathtub water or a killer who suffocates his victims with a trash bag.

Saturday 8:00 PM et/pt on Reelz
4 Seasons, 42 Episodes
June 14, 2014
Celebrity & Entertainment, Documentary & Biography
8.2/10
Cast: Marlene Sanders, Donald Bent, Michael Baden, Sol Greenberg
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Autopsy: The Last Hours Of... Full Episode Guide

  • As the adorable Buffy in the hit 1960s sitcom Family Affair Anissa Jones was the most famous child star of her generation. But on August 28th 1976 she died at a friend's house in Oceanside, California. She was only 18 years old. A photograph taken at the beach the previous day showed her in good physical shape. World-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter investigates her life and last hours to solve the mystery of her sudden, tragic death.

  • Martial arts superstar, Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong in mysterious circumstances aged just 32. An inquest concluded that his death was caused by a hypersensitive reaction to a prescription painkiller given to him for a headache. For more than forty years controversy has surrounded this conclusion with numerous theories emerging as to what might have caused his death. Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Michael Hunter has gained access to Bruce Lee's autopsy and inquest report to dispel the rumors and reveal the real cause of Bruce Lee's death.

  • The death of Janis Joplin is spotlighted.

  • Gary Coleman soared to success in the hit 80's TV show, "Diff'rent Strokes,'' but at the height of his fame he was plagued by health problems and when his career stalled he hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

  • Bernie Mac was one of the best-loved stand-up comics of his generation and along with working his way out of poverty, he spent 12 years performing in Chicago clubs before hitting the big time; in 2008 he died at the age of 50.

  • Steve Jobs was a visionary product designer who revolutionized the computer world with much-loved products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, but in 2011 he died of a treatable cancer.

  • Best known for his roles in "Dirty Dancing'' and "Ghost,'' Patrick Swayze was a legendary actor, dancer and singer but he died at 57 years old in 2009 from cancer.

  • Daughter of Nat 'King' Cole, Natalie Cole was a unique singing legend but in 2008 her dim past caught up with her and set off an extraordinary chain reaction of medical problems.

  • Retelling the death of music legend John Denver.

  • The death of Richard Pryor is featured.

  • Dennis Wilson was the golden boy drummer for the Beach Boys. His good looks, adrenaline junkie attitude and musical prowess made him one of the great heart throbs of rock and roll. But how did an avid surfer end up drowning in less than 15 feet of water? Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter examines Dennis's autopsy report to dispel the rumours, and reveal the real cause of the drummer's tragic and untimely death at the age of 39.

  • Bob Marley was a musical legend who brought reggae to the global stage but widespread controversy at his death resulted in conspiracy theories about a possible assassination.

  • The death of Kurt Cobain is reviewed.

  • The death of Bobbi Kristina Brown is reviewed.

  • The death of Steve McQueen is featured.

  • The tragic death and the drama surrounding iconic radio legend, Casey Kasem at the age of 82 in June 2014.

  • Cory Monteith was a world superstar and a clean-cut all American quarterback on "Glee'' loved by millions of teenagers around the globe, but on July 13, 2013 he was discovered dead on his hotel room floor at the young age of 31.

  • An investigation of Corey Haim's autopsy report to dismiss the rumors, and reveal the actual cause of the actor's tragic and untimely death at the age of 38.

  • Chris Farley was the larger-than-life Hollywood star regarded as one of the funniest comedians of his generation. His outrageous blend of physical slapstick and vulnerable charm earned him the adoration of the American public. After shooting to fame in the early 90’s as one of Saturday Night Live’s brightest talents, he went on to star in a string of hit movies. But on December 18th 1997 Chris’ body was found on the floor of his Chicago apartment, after four days of partying. He died alone aged 33. Now, Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Hunter is taking a fresh look at the death of an icon who was loved by millions.

  • Throughout his adult life, Best fought a battle with alcoholism. Was it the drink that killed him?

  • Investigating the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and Dr. Eroshevich.

  • Investigating the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  • Investigating the death of Heath Ledger.

  • Investigating the death of Amy Winehouse.

  • Investigating the death of Joan Rivers.

  • The passing away of Liberace is examined.

  • Don Cornelius was the legendary creator of the hit music and dance show, Soul Train. The “Godfather of Cool,” he took black music mainstream, provided the first national exposure on American TV for black musicians and dancers and redefined music, dance and fashion for generations. But on February 1st 2012 Don Cornelius was found shot dead at his home in Los Angeles. The LA County Coroner called it a suicide. Now, Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Hunter is taking a fresh look at the death of an icon who inspired generations.

  • Maurice Gibb was one third of global mega band, The Bee Gees. In a career spanning four decades, they sold over 220 million records. They were best known for their disco classics, high pitched singing voices, and boufant hairstyles. Whilst his brothers sang lead vocals, Maurice was the hidden talent that held the band together, considered by insiders to be the musical director. But on Wednesday January 8th, 2003, Maurice Gibb collapsed in agony at his Miami home. He died 4 days later, aged just 53. According to witnesses Maurice Gibb’s death came out of nowhere. So why Maurice went from healthy to collapse to death in 4 days is a mystery. Now forensic examiner Dr. Michael Hunter investigates the forensic evidence.

  • Jimi Hendrix was one of the highest paid musicians in the world. At the age of 27 he had made 3 multi-million albums and had set the gold standard in rock music electric guitar. But he died in London on the September 18, 1970. The coroner concluded that he died after breathing in his own vomit. But, stating insufficient evidence of the circumstances surrounding his death, he returned an open verdict. Nearly half a century later, his death is still shrouded in mystery. Numerous conflicting accounts of his final hours have obscured the truth and fueled conspiracy theories about drugs overdose, suicide and murder. Now Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Hunter re-examines Hendrix’s death to cut through claim and counter claims and, using the medical evidence, determines precisely how he died.

  • John Belushi was a comedy genius. The gross-out characters he created in Animal House and Blues Brothers were iconic. After a meteoric rise to stardom, 33 year-old he was on the cusp of super stardom. But on March 5th, 1982 he was found dead died in Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont Hotel. Using information revealed in John Belushi’s autopsy report, Dr. Michael Hunter investigates his final days and hours to reveal the cause of his death.

  • The mother of megastar Kanye West, Donda West went from modest beginnings, to raise her son to be one of the biggest rappers in the world, and as his manager, became a regular attendee at the brightest parties in showbiz. In doing so she broke every stereotype about single black women raising black sons. But, on November 10, 2007, Donda West, just 58, died 24 hours after cosmetic surgery. Kanye West blamed the fatal attraction of stardom, saying, “I feel sometimes like if me and my mom never moved to Hollywood that she’d still be here.” Using information revealed in Donda’s autopsy report and in interviews with those who cared for before she died, Dr. Michael Hunter investigates her tragic and untimely death.

  • Jim Morrison lead singer of the 1960’s band The Doors was one of rock’s most influential but controversial cult icons. His mesmerizing lyrics and vocals earned him critical acclaim and drew the admiration of an army of fans as his outrageous drink and drug fueled behavior, on and off stage, established his reputation as a rebel and trouble-maker. A biographer described him as “an angel in grace and a dog in heat”. But on July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment. He was just 27. The official cause was given as heart failure but many have dismissed this finding as a “fairy tale “ and his death still inspires rumor and conspiracy theory. Now medical examiner Dr. Michael Hunter re-opens the file.

  • Phil Hartman was a comedy legend. HIs satirical impressions on Saturday Night Live ruffled the feather of America’s most powerful. On The Simpsons, his voice gave life to 18 iconic characters. He was one of America’s favorite comic actors. But in May 1998 Phil Hartman’s family home was stormed by armed police who found him shot to death in his bedroom. The horror escalates when police confirm Phil’s wife Brynn is by his side – also shot dead. Using information revealed in Phil and Brynn’s autopsy reports Dr. Michael Hunter investigates their tragic and untimely deaths.

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Autopsy: Anissa Jones Clip (01:38) Autopsy: Bruce Lee - Rejected from the army?!?!? Clip (02:30) Autopsy: Judy Garland - A short-term fix became a long-term addiction Clip (03:30) Autopsy: Janis Joplin - "Heartbroken by a bunch of frat rats" Clip (02:34)