Cause of death confirmed to be poisoning by oopuhue, 1925.

TWO DEATHS DUE TO EATING BALLOON FISH, SAYS CORONER’S JURY

A poisonous variety of oopuhue—balloon fish—caused the death of Leong Tuck and Yong Yen Chong, according to the findings of a coroner’s jury which Thursday investigated the case.

Dr. R. G. Ayer, police surgeon, and Dr. N. P. Larsen of the Queen’s hospital, testified as to the effects of the fish poisoning. The fish itself was poisonous, they said, and there is another variety which is much more toxic.

Leong and Yong died last Friday night after eating the fish. They had been accustomed to eating balloon fish for some time, members of their families said, only once before having noticed any kind of ill effects.

Deputy Sheriff Julius W. Asch presided at the inquest.

(Star-Bulletin, 5/8/1925, p. 2)

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Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Volume XXXII, Number 16406, Page 2. May 8, 1925.

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