A Colorado resident was bitten by a poisonous black widow spider 19 times — and investigators are trying to figure out if the bites caused the man's death.
Jeff Seale, 40, reportedly noticed the bites on his foot two weeks before he died. The Boulder County Coroner's Office says it could be 4-6 weeks before an official cause of death is released — but Seale's sister is nevertheless convinced that the bites are responsible.
"I think it's definitely related. He was in really good health up until that point. He worked at a horse stable in the evenings, and he very well could have brought one of the spiders home in his things, or picked up some stuff from one of the horse sheds and brought one of the things home,"
Dr. Paula Cushing curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science disagrees. She said:
"I'd say zero chance, not likely at all. I think it's tragic that he did die so young, but it's extremely unlikely that this is the cause."
We'll know who's right when the results of the autopsy return in 2-3 weeks.