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Orlando lobbyist Fred Leonhardt died from inhaling drug



From the Associated Press:

ORLANDO - An autopsy report shows that a prominent Florida lobbyist and lawyer died last year after inhaling a drug similar to poppers.

The autopsy report released Wednesday said that 65-year-old Fred Leonhardt died last October from ethyl chloride intoxication.

The recreational inhalant drug is used in manufacturing to make dyes and chemicals, but it can also be used as a topical anesthetic to relieve bug bites and burns.

The autopsy report ruled the death an accident.

Leonhardt was a shareholder at the GrayRobinson law firm in Orlando, and he was active in Republican fundraising. He had served as a board member of Enterprise Florida and was chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2004.



[Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:42pm]


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