(L.A.) Martha Hempstead, 71, Died at a Residence

Case Number: 2024-00137

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 71-year-old Black female that occurred at her residence.

The coroner’s office has identified the woman as Martha Hempstead.

STATUS: The decedent’s body is ready to be released. Ruling by the deputy medical examiner is deferred pending additional investigation.

Manner and cause of death will be added to this page when it becomes available.

If the DME has ordered drug screening, the next public update may take three to five months.

RIP MARTHA HEMPSTEAD (June 21, 1952 – January 3, 2024)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Wednesday at 10:08 a.m.

The government investigator noted that the decedent had a history of chronic alcohol and cigarette use. In the past month, she had been complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing. She was observed to be emaciated. Multiple glass pipes were found on scene.