Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OCC Inquest - Roberts 2018

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Roberts
Given name(s): John
Age: 49

Held at: North Bay
From: Nov. 26, 2018
To: Nov. 27, 2018
By: Dr. Steven Bodley
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: John Paul Roberts
Date and time of death: December 15th, 2016 at 16:15
Place of death: North Bay Regional Health Centre
Cause of death: Acute fentanyl and cocaine intoxication in a man with chronic ischemic heart disease
By what means: Accidental

(Original signed by: Foreperson)


The verdict was received on Nov. 27, 2018
Coroner's name: Dr. Steven Bodley
(Original signed by coroner)


We, the jury, wish to make the following recommendations:


Inquest into the death of:

John Roberts


Jury Recommendations

  1. Recommend that the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services study the need for and feasibility of equipping all police patrol vehicles in the Province of Ontario with AEDs or portable defibrillators.