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DA: Cardinal's death in Pa. probed amid odd timing
DA: Cardinal Bevilacqua's death in Pa. probed due to odd timing; church-abuse trial looms
By The Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) ' A suburban Philadelphia prosecutor is investigating the recent death of a Roman Catholic cardinal because of what she called odd timing.

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (beh-vih-LAH'-kwah) died on Jan. 31 at age 88. Church officials say Bevilacqua was suffering from dementia and cancer.

A day earlier, a Philadelphia judge had found him competent to testify at the child-endangerment trial of his longtime aide. Defense lawyers for Monsignor William Lynn say he kept accused priests in ministry on orders from Bevilacqua.

District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman of Montgomery County said Friday she doesn't want "speculation swirling" about how he died.

Ferman says there's no criminal investigation of his death under way.

County Coroner Walter Hofman has examined the cardinal's body and performed toxicology tests. He says Bevilacqua likely died of natural causes.

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