In this week's "Know Your Braves," pitcher Tommy Hanson gets through an interview, but realizes manager Bobby Cox hasn't given him a nickname yet. (Video by Ryon Horne and Emily Merwin/AJC)

Autopsy completed on former Braves pitcher Hanson

The autopsy has been completed on former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson, the GBI said Wednesday. But no preliminary findings were released and likely won’t be until the toxicology testing is completed, which could take up to three months.

“It’s sort of like a jigsaw puzzle, and you’ve got to have all of the pieces together to make a determination,” Coweta County coroner Richard Hawk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.

Hanson, 29, died late Monday at Piedmont Hospital, one day after he was found not breathing at a friend’s Newnan-area home, according to police. Brandon Bond called 911 Sunday morning to report Hanson was not breathing, a Coweta County Sheriff’s Office report states.

The initial police report does not provide specifics about what Hanson may have overdosed on, but lists “overdose” as the possible crime. The report does not include any additional details about why “overdose” was listed as a possible cause.

There is no indication or suspicion of foul play, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

“While at the emergency room the reporting officer was part of a conversation with emergency room personnel which led this officer to believe an overdose was a possibility,” the sheriff’s office said in an emailed statement. “Law enforcement acknowledges this will have to be determined by medical personnel as to the cause of death.”

Toxicology results could take up to 12 weeks to be finalized, Hawk said.

Funeral arrangements for Hanson have not yet been announced.

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