Autopsy: Gatlinburg hot tub death caused by drowning, alcohol and heart problems were factors

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) — The autopsy results for a man and woman who were found dead in a Gatlinburg hot tub show the official cause of death is drowning. Alcohol and heart conditions were contributing factors.

The two were found unresponsive in the hot tub April 9 at a cabin on Resort Way.

Before his death, Jon Levin had no known medical history. The autopsy revealed he had heart issues and plaque build-up in his arteries. His kidneys and liver showed signs of disease and he had a large cyst on his kidney.

He had a blood-alcohol-content of .20, which is almost three times the legal limit to drive.

Levin was with a friend, Myra Smith-Findell, in the hot tub. Smith-Findell was found unresponsive and she was pronounced dead at LeConte Medical Center.

The report shows Smith-Findell’s husband found her just before 8 a.m. She was naked, face up and floating in the hot tub. Her husband said her mouth was opening and closing. He said he pulled her from the hot tub, not realizing her body would be limp. As he pulled her out, he said her head hit the deck.

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