Mother of Capitol officer Brian Sicknick believes he died of stroke, not from being hit by fire extinguisher

by Joel Abbott · Feb 24th, 2021 11:58 am

Last Updated Feb 25th, 2021 at 10:43 pm

The mother of a police officer who died following the U.S. Capitol riot last month still hasn't been given an official cause of death, but believes he died of a stroke.

The media widely misreported that Officer Brian Sicknick died as the result of blunt-force trauma sustained in the riot, but new medical reports have indicated there was no evidence to back such claims.

Instead, the report postulates that Sicknick may have had a preexisting condition or had been affected by the pepper spray used against the rioters.

Sicknick's mother Gladys confirmed the initial report findings but said that no further information had been provided to her or the family regarding his death.

"He wasn't hit on the head, no," she said. "We think he had a stroke, but we don't know anything for sure. We'd love to know what happened."

Sicknick's brother Ken also said the officer had texted him after the riot and had said he was alright.

"He texted me last night and said, 'I got pepper-sprayed twice,' and he was in good shape," Ken Sicknick said the day following the event.

On the same day, Sicknick's father Charles reported that the family had received a call saying his son had suffered a blood clot in his brain and had suffered a stroke. By the time the family reached the hospital where Sicknick was being treated, he had died.

The 42-year-old officer's death was used as evidence by House impeachment managers, where they argued the incorrect claim that Sicknick had been struck in the head with a fire extinguisher. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also called for those allegedly involved in hurting the officer to be brought to justice, saying "we will not forget."


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