Death of woman who died while “wrestling” was homicide, medical examiner says

The death of an Uptown woman who reportedly died while “wrestling” with a man 23-years her younger last month has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner.

Police responded to the woman’s apartment on the 900 block of West Carmen around 11;30 a.m. on Mar. 7 after a man reported Laura Lonigro was unresponsive and appeared dead.

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Officers administered CPR to Lonigro until fire department personnel arrived. She was pronounced dead at Weiss Hospital a short time later.

The 28-year-old man who called 911 told police that he and Lonigro, age 51, were wrestling when she lost consciousness and died, police said. He was taken in for questioning, but detectives released him the next day while they awaited autopsy results.

Now, the medical examiner has ruled Lonigro’s death to be a homicide with the primary cause of death being hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. “Stress due to physical altercation, obesity, and combined drug toxicity” contributed to her death, officials said.

The police investigation continues.

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