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ME: Cops' restraint of man factor in death

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The death of a drugged, emotionally disturbed man restrained by police near St. Patrick's Cathedral has been ruled a homicide.

The medical examiner's office cited "physical restraint by police" Friday as a factor in Ronald Singleton's July 13 death.

The medical examiner says the 45-year-old was in an excited delirium state related to severe intoxication from the hallucinogenic drug called PCP or angel dust.

Police say officers restrained Singleton and placed him in a protective wrap after he became combative with a cab driver.

They say Singleton went into cardiac arrest and died in an ambulance to the hospital.

The medical examiner cited heart disease exacerbated by high blood pressure and thickened arteries as contributing factors in Singleton's death.

Police say they're cooperating with a Manhattan District Attorney's office investigation.

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