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Coroner responds to viral social media posts about Taemon Blair

Allen County Coroner releases additional information about viral Taemon Blair case.

Posted: Mar 28, 2019 8:28 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2019 8:18 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - You may have seen posts circulating around social media about the death of Taemon Blair. He's a 21-year-old man who was found hanged in the sleeper of a semi-truck in Fort Wayne on March 14.

Blair, a semi-driver from Huntersville, North Carolina was found dead in a semi-truck at Premier Trucking on the 9100 block of Bluffton Road.

What's making this case viral? The Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Coroner's Office have officially ruled his death a suicide. However, family members and many who talk about it on social media, believe there may be foul play involved.

Thursday, the Allen County Coroner's Office issued a 4-page press release reiterating that Blair's cause of death is ruled asphyxiation due to hanging, and his manner of death a suicide.

The coroner says, "Due to the inaccurate information being spread across social media, additional factual information, determined during the course of the investigation will be provided to the media for release to the general public."

According to the press release, there are multiple reports circulating on social media outlets that state Blair's hands were tied and bound and that he had defensive wounds present. Some reports also say the dashboard of the truck was caved in from kicking and his leg was broken, or that his neck was severed from ear to ear with what looked like fish hooks. The Allen County Coroner's Office wants the public to know that those reports are unfounded, and that there is no reported documentation or photographs which show otherwise.

Taemon Blair was buried in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday. Reporters at FOX 55 have reached out to Blair's family for a comment, but have not received an answer.

Blair's brother Dee Smith has established a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral costs. The family has almost reached their $10,000 goal in just under a few weeks. Click here to find the GoFundMe page.

FOX 55 News wants to note that suicides are rarely covered; however, since this case is viral, the news team has decided to report what is known at this time.

App Users: Click Here to view the Coroner's report

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