Coroner: “Night Stalker” Died From Combination Of Substance Abuse, Lymphoma, Hepatitis C

Condemned San Quentin State Prison inmate Richard Ramirez, known as the “Night Stalker,” has been determined to have died from complications from B-cell lymphoma, according to a Marin County coroner’s report.

Ramirez, 53, died at Marin General Hospital the morning of June 7.

The coroner’s report released today determined other factors contributed to the mass murderer’s death, including chronic substance abuse and a hepatitis C viral infection.

Related: SFPD Chief Recalls Richard “Night Stalker” Ramirez: “He Scared Me”

The man known as the “Night Stalker” was arrested in 1985 and in 1989 was found guilty of as many as 13 murders and other attempted killings and placed on death row at San Quentin.

He was convicted in more than a dozen slayings that occurred in Southern California in 1985.

He was also connected with Bay Area murders in the 1980s, including the shooting death of a San Francisco man in August 1985.

That victim lived near Lake Merced and his wife was raped and assaulted, but survived the attack.

A DNA match in 2009 tied Ramirez to the 1984 murder of a 9-year-old girl in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, according to authorities.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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