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Coatesville family sues Greece over alleged theft of Marine's heart

The tragedy of a local Marine's death abroad was compounded for the family by the loss of his heart.

marine funeral wikimedia commons Greek medical officials reportedly performed an unauthorized autopsy on the Marine. Credit: Wikimedia commons

The Coatesville family of a deceased Marine whose body was found to be missing its heart on return from Greece is now suing the Greek and U.S. governments.

The family of U.S. Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup, of Coatesville, Pa., is angry that after LaLoup's funeral, they discovered his heart was missing, CBS reported.


LaLoup reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in August while serving in Athens, Greece.

A Greek hospital reportedly performed an unauthorized autopsy over the objections of U.S. officials.

The family later discovered that LaLoup's heart was missing. The hospital reportedly then presented a heart as LaLoup's, but DNA testing showed that it was not.

According to CBS, the LaLoup family fears that Sgt. LaLoup's heart may have been illegally harvested for transplant.


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