Death of man found on Green Street likely due to natural causes

By Therese Pokorney, Assistant Daytime News Editor

The Champaign Police Department is investigating the death of Robert Chambers, 28-year-old man from Urbana, who was found unresponsive on Green Street on Thursday morning.

Chambers was pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m. on Friday at the Carle Foundation Hospital Emergency Department, according to a news release from the Champaign County Office of the Coroner. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday at the Champaign County Regional Morgue Facility.

Thomas Yelich, assistant to the chief of police for community services, said bystanders notified the police at 12:35 a.m. about a man on the ground with an injury to his leg on the 500 block of East Green Street.

According to the preliminary autopsy results released by the Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrop, the leg wound was not a fatal injury, and Chambers’ death is most likely due to preexisting natural causes.

However, the final autopsy results will not be completed until additional lab results are received. The death is still under the investigation of the Coroner’s Office and the Champaign Police Department.

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