Man found dead in Hot Springs bar died of natural causes

A man was pronounced dead after patrons checked his pulse and police were called. The coroner said he could have been unresponsive for five to six hours.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - An unresponsive man was pronounced dead on October 21 after patrons of the bar checked the man's pulse and police were called to the bar at Hot Springs. The man was identified as Kenneth Norling by identification on the body. Foul play is not suspected.

According to the responding officer's report and witness statements, the man was sitting, slumped in a corner, next to a group of older men who left at 6:45 p.m. A number of people checked the man's pulse around 7 p.m., including two off-duty nurses at the bar and a member of the bar staff.

Cameras were recording during the man's time at the bar, according to an employee. When coroner Ryan Hamilton arrived, he noted the condition of the body and the room temperature. Those factors led him to estimate the man had been unresponsive for five to six hours. 

Hamilton did not find evidence of foul play and the case has been closed. Norling's address was listed as "city streets," indicating he may have been homeless. Upon further investigation, it was concluded Norling died of natural causes.

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