HHS Official's Death Ruled Suicide By 'Multiple Blunt Force Injuries'
Washington, DC – Officials have ruled that the death of a U.S. Health and Human Services Department employee by blunt force trauma was a suicide.
Daniel Best, 49, was found “unresponsive” by the garage exit door of an apartment building in the Navy Yard neighborhood near Capitol Hill, the Associated Press reported.
Best was found at about 5:25 a.m. on Nov. 1, and responding medics pronounced him dead at the scene.
DC’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said on Nov. 15 that the former pharmaceutical executive from Ohio died from “multiple blunt force injuries.”
Then they ruled his death a suicide, the Associated Press reported.
The medical examiner refused to release any additional information that would explain what appeared to be conflicting rulings on the man’s death.
Best, a former pharmaceutical executive from Bay Village near Cleveland, was in the nation’s capital leading the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s efforts to reduce prescription drug prices, Cleveland.com reported. His title at the agency was Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Drug Pricing Reform.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the former CVSHealth and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals executive had agreed to help his department "out of a desire to serve the American people by making health care more affordable."
"He brought his deep expertise and passion to this task with great humility and collegiality," Azar said in a statement. "All of us who served with Dan at HHS and in the administration mourn his passing and extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife Lisa and the entire Best family at this difficult time."
Best’s death came one week after President Donald Trump announced a new drug pricing initiative which would allow Medicare to determine how much it pays for drugs based on what those pharmaceuticals sell for other countries, according to Cleveland.com.
"At long last, the drug companies and foreign countries will be held accountable for how they rigged the system against American consumers," President Trump said.
Best is survived by his wife Lisa, and their three sons.