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Florida man died from a meth overdose before he was ripped apart by an alligator, officials say

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A Florida man who was found eaten by an alligator this summer actually died from a meth overdose, a recent autopsy report indicated.

According to The Associated Press, medical examiners say that Michael Glenn Ford II, 45, had methamphetamine in his system that resulted in his death.

His body had been found partially torn apart and eaten by an alligator in a canal on private property in Polk County, Florida, in June. Ford was naked when he was discovered and his clothes were not found in his car or at the scene.

When his body was discovered, a large alligator had a part of Ford's body in his mouth, law enforcement officials said. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission then trapped and performed a necropsy on the gator, which was found to have one of Ford's hands and one of his feet inside its stomach.

The autopsy report noted the "traumatic" amputations Ford's body suffered but ultimately ruled that these injuries occurred postmortem.

"It is my opinion that Michael Glenn Ford II died as a result of methamphetamine intoxication. The manner of his death is accident," the medical examiner's report said. "The decedent's injuries and amputations lack sufficient associated bleeding to suggest they were made alive."

The gator was almost 12 feet long and weighed about 450 pounds.

Friends and family of Ford had told investigators they hadn't seen him since June 23.

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