In their report, coroner’s officials attributed Palmer’s cause of death to “complications following an excited state, associated with methamphetamine toxicity, during physical restraint.” They also cited “probable sickling red cell disorder” as a contributing factor in his death, a likely reference to sickle cell disease, a condition that disproportionately affects people of African ancestry.

Family members told CNN that Palmer had some history of drug use but never used meth, and that prison processing reports shared with them provided no indication that he had drug paraphernalia among his possessions or that he was intoxicated when he was booked.

Dwayne Palmer, meanwhile, said his brother did not suffer from sickle cell disease, according to the Post. He told CNN that Everett worked as a personal trainer and had been an Army paratrooper.

After learning that Everett Palmer’s brain, heart, and throat were missing, Palmer’s family spent months trying to track down the body parts, first being told by coroner’s officials to check with a funeral home, then being instructed that the organs were at an independent lab, Merritt told CNN.

The family believes the organs will reveal how Palmer died, but the lab refuses to release them, citing an ongoing investigation, he said.

“We haven’t been able to get them back yet,” Merritt said. “His constitutional rights are being violated.

In a statement Friday amid mounting public attention surrounding Palmer’s death, York County Coroner Pamela L. Gay disputed that characterization, saying that family had always been informed that the body parts were at the private lab, Forensic Pathology Associates of Allentown, and that they were not being withheld.

“Arrangements were made with the family’s private forensic pathologist to go to FPA and visualize and examine the organs for himself,” Gay said. “That examination was conducted after FPA’s final autopsy findings was released to the family.”