Family Sues to Keep Tims Cause of Death Private

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The official results of Pastor Zachery Tims' cause of death won't be released until at least next month -- if at all -- due to a lawsuit filed to keep the final report sealed.

Tims' mother Madeline sought a court order Friday to keep her son's autopsy results from the public. The New York City Medical Examiner's office said "the family has expressed some concerns," putting the report at least on hold for now.

A Manhattan State Supreme Court justice will hear the family's case on Nov. 23.

The toxicology results were expected to be released late last month, and would reveal if a white powder found on Tims was in fact drugs and the cause of his death.

Medical examiner spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said it's not uncommon for a family to request that a person's cause of death be kept private. In Florida, however, the only way to do that is through the courts.

Tims' ex-wife Riva is not involved in the lawsuit.

New Destiny Christian Center, which the two founded, is still in transition and seeking a new leader.

Riva said on her Facebook page that several members have requested that she return to pastor the church, but she had "not been contacted by NDCC staff to return or to assist in the transition."

Tims was found dead in a New York City hotel room Aug. 12. He was 42.

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