HHS Official's Death Ruled Suicide By 'Multiple Blunt Force Injuries'

Daniel Best was found unresponsive with multiple blunt force injuries and officials have ruled it a suicide.

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.

Comments (33)
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SheepDawg
SheepDawg

This one defies any logic. Cause: Suicide. Manner: Beat himself to death? I know that most anybody that has worn a LEO uniform has wished that upon at least some, but to actually accomplish it?

LEO0301
LEO0301

This sounds like a "Hillary Clinton suicide" to me.

Andrew mojoBOOKTER
Andrew mojoBOOKTER

Perhaps he defenestrated himself and struck balconies on his way to the ground, that way he could have committed suicide AND had multiple blunt force trauma. (Or perhaps he used a Wile Coyote device from ACME and it beat him to death once he set it in motion?)

Hippygal
Hippygal

This wasn't a suicide. Somebody is covering up something and this poor man took the blame.

RCK
RCK

Suicide? Riiiigggghhhhhhttttttt! Must be lots of dipshidiots making such conclusions.

CraigBatt
CraigBatt

Is it me or the medical examiner blind

JBo
JBo

This is an autopsy report I'd love to read.

BLUsupporter
BLUsupporter

As a paramedic, I once responded to the call of a woman who stabbed herself 8 times in the bathtub to commit suicide. Also had a man who shot himself multiple times in the torso in a suicide attempt. I believe it.

DanaRochelle
DanaRochelle

Jumpers die from multiple blunt force trauma... What else would you call a body hitting the ground?

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA, MY ASS, THIS WAS A MURDER HOW DO YOU BEAT YOURSELF TO DEATH YOU DO NOT. HE WAS ON TO SOMETHING AND SOMEONE MADE SURE THAT HE COULD NOT SPEAK OUT. THIS MUST BE INVESTIGATION NOW.

Oregngntlman
Oregngntlman

My guess is if it's ruled a suicide then they don't have to pay benefits.

arizonastate42
arizonastate42

Crooked ass people and politics is all it is...

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I'd love to see the scene of his death.... IF he jumped from someplace high enough, yes I can see the "suicide" and "death by blunt force trauma". I've also seen people get beat to death as well. There's not enough details tho to give us a good way of knowing just what happened. I, like @Bluesupporter have seen some strange ways that people commit suicide.

Grog
Grog

"Multiple blunt force injuries?" Wth? That's like one of Hillary's stooges being found dead with 5 shots to the head and her spokesperson saying it was the worst case of suicide they have ever seen.

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Another assassin from the Clinton's people

RPG156
RPG156

Can't wait to hear how the ME explained this theory...

61mouse
61mouse

was in the nation’s capital leading the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s efforts to reduce prescription drug prices, Sounds like KILLERY and Co. Stirke AGAIN and didn't like what he was doing . Because it would mean less money in their pockets

Branoli
Branoli

So he was for reduced drug pricing? Sounds like a case of arkancide to me. You know, like the shot in the back of the head twice suicide? He definitely crossed someone who didn't like it what he was doing. I guess it doesn't pay to go against the progressives in DC while in DC. Seth Rich comes to mind.

Bennappin
Bennappin

I smell a rat.

weh2957
weh2957

This is awful. Don’t they know. We aren’t stupid!!!!!!!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Corruption to the Max. Sounds like the Clintons work. Regardless, I am fed up with the corruption these days.

yokeddruid
yokeddruid

He was against big pharm, most of Congress has stocks and assets are in the Pharm and medical industry.