Bakersfield attorney Benjamin Greene, who died after collapsing during a 5K run at Hart Park in June, was found to have had drugs in his system at the time of death, according to the Kern County coroner’s office.
The coroner’s office conducted a postmortem examination and found that the cause of death was hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, but that methamphetamine, found in Greene's system, was a contributing factor.
The prescription drug phentermine, a weight loss aid, was also detected.
Greene’s death on June 20 raised questions in the community about why the run was held during a heat wave and whether or not the temperature caused Greene’s collapse.
The Bakersfield Track Club, which put on the event, had five aid stations available to runners due to the high heat providing water and other items. Typically there are only three aid stations during events.
Greene, who was 48, is survived by wife Michelle; children Erica, Jacob, Destiny, Tayler, Tyler, Joseph, Cyrus, Laila and Bella; parents Donald and Georgeann Greene; and brother Andrew.