October 23rd, 2011
05:15 AM ET

Gadhafi's autopsy reveals he was shot in head

Doctors completed the autopsy of Moammar Gadhafi on Sunday, with the chief pathologist confirming the former Libyan leader died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Dr. Othman el-Zentani would not disclose additional findings, such as whether the findings revealed if Gadhafi suffered the wound in crossfire or at close-range.

Zentani said the report will now go to the attorney general's office before it is released to the public.

Doctors performed the autopsy at a Misrata hospital in the presence of officials from the prosecutor's office, Zentani said.

No foreign or independent officials were present, he said.

Autopsies were also conducted on the bodies of Gadhafi's son, Mutassim, and his former defense minister, Abu Baker Yunis.

The three bodies would likely return to a cold storage unit

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    This whole thing here is most sickening. Why didn't these thugs just capture Qadaffy and bring him in for their kangaroo court trial? It's funny how the right-wing thgs in Washington condone the policy of cold blooded murder. Maybe, they have too much to hide!

    October 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( elfslayer & CAT HERDER )

      EAT DICK FAKEY (_)(_)::::::::::::::D- – – – – – - – – – – ON FAKEY

      October 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    He is gone, brutally murdered , killed in 'cross fire', in combat or whatever we are led to believe. Those lusting for his blood stand appeased. End of story. Let's move on.
    Libya after Ghaddafi is what matters to the world now.

    And Oh! Have we issued warnings to other nations not to enter Libya now that our 'mission' has ended?

    October 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I knew he had died of a GSW to the head on the day he died. I saw a video showing that.
    I'm not surprised at this because I knew it already.
    And I have two eyebrows, nicely shaped, I might add.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. justathought

    It takes an aUtopsy to determine a person died of a gunshot wound to the head? You mean to tell me it couldn't be seen before that?

    October 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • SFC Mike

      The head shot could have been post-mortem. Now we know it wasn't, Good riddance, either way.

      October 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Yeah, but autopsties are protocol in these situations.
    They need to know for forensic reasons.

    October 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT ( elfslayer & CAT HERDER )

    maybe he died, became a zombie, then they had to shoot him in the head...
    did the autopsy reveal any bite marks????

    October 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. conspiracy theory

    Almost everyone knows that the government doesn't conspire behind closed doors, nor does our CIA or their Israeli mossad. These are honest and good men running honest and good organizations. They would NEVER conspire to keep things secret nor EVER assaissinate ANYONE based on "secret inteligence." Anyone who thinks otherwise wears a tinfoil hat. These are honest men who would NEVER conspire in order to bring harm to others. Period.

    October 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland Tony

    I guess all the political postureing by those nations that wanted to put him on trial is over. By the way, a bullet to the brain is almost as deadly as a cruise missile to the brain. But that's why they have postmortems.

    October 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Smitty Busaca

    Keep 'em out of court, see. Do watcha gotta do, boys, see. Just move on him before he can blab, see..

    October 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @ conspiracy theory

    sarcasm? Or a joke.
    You do crack us up. lol

    October 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. conspiracy theory

    I'm dead serious. These men would NEVER do any of these things, EVER. I'm just ltiing people who THINK this way are WRONG!

    October 24, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Buck

    What were the choices for cause of death?
    1. Altzheimers
    2. Old age
    3. Natural causes
    4. Stroke
    5. Gun shot wound to the head
    1. Large gaping hole
    2. Powder burns
    3. Smoking gun
    I think we better wait for the autopsy...morons

    October 24, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
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