Doctors who performed more than 60,000 kidney transplants in New Mexico during a four-year period may have died from cancer, according to a coroner’s report released Thursday.
The New Mexico Medical Examiner’s Office determined that in the years from 2010 to 2012, Dr. Mark J. Smith, 61, died from lung cancer in an office at the state hospital, according the Associated Press.
The report says that Smith was diagnosed with cancer in June 2015 and was treated at a hospital in Albuquerque.
It also noted that Smith had no known complications from his kidney surgeries.
The medical examiner’s office did not provide a cause of death for Smith, who had been working in the New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque since 2012.
The coroner’s office said that Smith’s death was ruled a suicide, but the medical examiner said it could not confirm that.
The medical examiner did not specify what happened to Smith.
The AP did not name the hospital or the deceased doctor.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement that the investigation into Smith’s suicide was ongoing and he hoped to work with law enforcement and the medical community to determine the truth.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.