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Confirmed: Ving Rhames' dogs kill man

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Tbdving0806073 P.M. UPDATE: A 40-year-old man was mauled to death by as many as four dogs at Ving Rhames' L.A. home on Friday, the AP reports. The unidentified victim had worked at the actor's home for about two years, and was responsible for taking care of the dogs, police said. Four mastiffs were seized by animal services, according to LAPD officer Sandra Gonzalez.

A call from an undetermined person had come in to police around 7:15 a.m. L.A. time reporting a dead body on the front lawn. Rhames was not home at the time of the attack.

10:30 A.M. SATURDAY UPDATE: Turns out it was actually three bull mastiffs and an English bulldog that were seized, the AP reports.

"Two of those dogs appeared to be responsible for the tragic death," said Officer Jason Lee, adding that several dogs remain at the property.

Questions have arisen as to whether the man, who is still unidentified, died of a heart attack. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, said Capt. Ed Winter of the coroner's office.

"It's premature to say how he died," Winter said. "We don't know if he was attacked by the dogs and suffered a heart attack."

But it is apparent that he had been atacked at some point, Lt. Ray Lombardo confirmed at a press conference.

"The victim had a large number of bites and scratches which appear to be dog bites," he said.

11 A.M. SUNDAY UPDATE: The AP identifies the victim as Jacob Adams, a 40-year-old L.A. man who had been living at Rhames' home for about two years, working as a caretaker for the dogs. It's still unclear as to whether he died from being mauled or a heart attack, the coroner's office said.

Web site TMZ reported police are not likely to charge Rhames with a crime in the attack, as the dogs were very friendly (which is obvious from TV coverage showing the dogs being taken away). The death appears to be an accident.

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