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Dr. Cyril Wecht, a renowned forensic pathologist, passed away peacefully at the age of 93. He was known for analyzing the deaths of famous individuals such as President John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, JonBenet Ramsey, Anna Nicole Smith, and others. Wecht was the first civilian allowed to examine evidence from Kennedy’s assassination and was critical of the Warren Commission’s single bullet theory. Throughout his career, he conducted thousands of autopsies, testified in criminal and civil cases, authored books and articles, and collaborated on various film and television projects, including “JFK” and “Concussion.” Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro described Wecht as a legendary figure in forensic pathology and criminal justice, emphasizing his pursuit of truth and justice as an inspiration.

Born to immigrant parents in 1931, Wecht leaves behind his wife, four children, and 11 grandchildren. He graduated as valedictorian from Fifth Avenue High School and studied at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his medical degree. After serving in the U.S. Air Force and obtaining his law degrees, Wecht embarked on a successful career combining his expertise in medicine, law, and forensic pathology. He held various positions, including Allegheny County Coroner, Chief Medical Examiner, and founder of the Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine and Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University. Wecht dedicated his life to uncovering the truth behind deaths and injuries, bringing comfort and justice to countless families worldwide.

Throughout his career, Wecht made significant contributions to forensic pathology and criminal justice. He was known for his meticulous investigative work and expertise in analyzing complex cases. Wecht’s dedication to the field earned him respect and admiration from colleagues, law enforcement, and the public. His impact on the world of forensics and criminal justice is lasting and influential. Wecht’s commitment to pursuing justice and truth will always be remembered as a guiding principle in his work.

Wecht’s family was his priority, and he made sure to prioritize their happiness, well-being, and education. He loved Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, where he spent most of his life. Although he traveled the world for work, he always considered Pittsburgh his home. Wecht’s legacy extends beyond his professional accomplishments; he leaves behind a loving family, colleagues, and students who were inspired by his work and dedication to forensic pathology. His contributions to the field have had a lasting impact on the practice of forensic science and criminal justice.

Wecht’s passing is mourned by many, including Pennsylvania officials, colleagues, and the community. His dedication to uncovering the truth and seeking justice for victims will be remembered as a defining aspect of his career. Wecht’s influence on the field of forensic pathology and criminal justice is immeasurable, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of pathologists, investigators, and legal professionals. Despite his passing, Wecht’s contributions to the field will continue to shape and inform the practice of forensic science and criminal justice for years to come.

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