The former University of Southern California gynecologist who was accused of sexually assaulting or molesting more than 400 patients over nearly three decades was found dead last week in his Los Angeles home, CBS News reported.
A close friend went to the home of Dr. George Tyndall last Wednesday after being unable to reach him and found him unresponsive, according to Tyndall’s attorney Leonard Levine.
Levine said Tyndall died of natural causes but the exact cause of death will not be known until after the coroner’s report is released.
The LA County Medical Examiner’s office said an autopsy would not be conducted since it was a natural death.
The 76-year-old was facing 11 counts of sexual battery by fraud and 18 counts of sexually penetrating an unconscious person, and was scheduled to face trial next year.
According to prosecutors in the case, the charges related to alleged assaults that spanned a 7-year period from 2009 to 2016 when Tyndall was working at the campus health center at USC. The victims in the case ranged in age from 17 years old to 29 years old at the time of their assaults.
Tyndall vehemently denied the allegations and believed he would be exonerated at trial, his attorney said last week.
When he was arrested by LAPD in 2019, Tyndall was armed with a loaded revolver. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said at the time that Tyndall did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Tyndall was USC’s only full-time gynecologist, working at Engemann Student Health Center for almost three decades.
The school began investigating the doctor in 2016 after he was accused of making sexually inappropriate remarks and conducting improper pelvic exams.
The LAPD later opened a sweeping investigation into the claims, with 12 detectives traveling to sixteen different states and interviewing over 400 former patients.