Zachary Tims Cause of Death to Remain Sealed

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The cause of Florida megachurch pastor Zachery Tims death will remain undisclosed to the public -- at least for now.

On Tuesday, the New York County Appellate Court granted Tims' mother's request to prevent city officials from revealing what killed the 42-year-old pastor.

Tims was found dead in the W Hotel in Times Square on August 12, 2011. He founded the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla., and led the church as senior pastor for 15 years.

In December, New York County Supreme Court Judge Cynthia S. Kern ruled that there were no laws strictly prohibiting the medical examiner's office from publicly disclosing Tims' cause of death. The office routinely discloses such information in other high-profile cases.

Madeline Tims appealed the judge's decision to the appellate court in January, saying that the cause of death would embarrass the family. The court ruled on Monday she must file an appeal against the Supreme Court's decision by July 9.

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Sept. 4 and a ruling is expected sometime in 2013.

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