Former ambassador John Ashe. (Photo by Discovery Channel).
John Ashe apparently died from a weightlifting accident in his home when a barbell he was lifting from a bench dropped on his neck, an autopsy performed on Thursday revealed. Dr. Kunjlata Ashar, Westchester County's medical examiner, said the cause of death — traumatic asphyxia — was determined during an autopsy.
Police later said it was an accident based on a combination of information from the autopsy and their own investigation.