The Coroner's Office is required to investigate all sudden, violent, traumatic or unexpected deaths. This includes deaths from apparent “natural diseases” but the individual’s treating physician has no knowledge of an existing medical condition that could credibly have caused the sudden death. Under these circumstances, it becomes the Coroner’s responsibility to determine how and why an individual died. The Coroner is also responsible for assuring the individual’s proper identity and that next of kin have been notified.


The Chester County Coroner’s Office has created a Survivors Guide which contains information intended to assist survivors with decision making and helpful solutions during their time of loss.

Coroner's Office Statistics for 2017

Cause of Death January February March
Natural 101    
Accidental   13    
Homicide     0    
Suicide   10    
Pending   10    
Undetermined     0    
Total Cases 134    
  January February March
Cremation Requests 263    
Autopsy Performed   16    
Toxicology Draws Only     9    
Organ Donors     8