(L.A.) Antonio Rivera, 30, Died in a Hospital

Case Number: 2023-15973

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 30-year-old Latino male that occurred in a hospital.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Antonio Rivera.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Difluoroethane Toxicity

RIP ANTONIO RIVERA (January 12, 1993 – November 18, 2023)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Saturday at 11:52 p.m.

Ruling by the deputy medical examiner was published on December 20, presumably after the results of tox screening came back positive for the substance. This is considered an accidental overdose.

Difluoroethane is found in common household items, including compressed air dusters, refrigerants, and propellants. It is sometimes misused as a recreational “drug” to induce an altered mental state.