Lexington, SC 02/23/2022 (Paul Kirby) - Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher released the results of an autopsy she ordered on the body of Mr. Timothy Frank Catalano, 69, of Cayce this week. Mr. Catalano was the man who was found unresponsive and later determined to be deceased at the Twilite Manner Assisted Living Facility in the City of Cayce last Friday morning. According to Mrs. Fisher, Catalano had been a resident of Twilite Manor for 12 years prior to his death on February 18, 2022.
A pathologist with the Medical University of South Carolina reported that preliminary results of Catalano’s death to be pending further testing. The earliest results did show that Catalano had severe pneumonia with abscess formation in both lungs. The pathologist determined that further studies are needed to determine if there are any other medical conditions that may have contributed to his death.
Pneumonia is an infection of the air sacs in one or both the lungs. Symptoms include but are not limited to severe cough with phlegm, fever, chills and difficulty in breathing. Healthcare providers usually recommend urgent medical attention. Pneumonia can be dangerous or life-threatening if untreated. Of course, pneumonia is usually treatable by a medical professional if diagnosed in time. It often requires lab tests or imaging to diagnose and can last several weeks or months.
The City of Cayce Police Department determined Friday that there were no health care professionals on site at Twilite Manner Friday morning. Instead, the 14 residents of the facility at the time were being watched over by a housekeeper. Because of the conditions in the facility they found when the discovered Catalano, they contacted both DHEC and South Carolina’s DSS which immediately shut the facility down and moved all the residents to safer, fully staffed facilities that met all state standards for the operation of this type of facility. The full autopsy results will play a part in what direction the CPD’s investigation goes from here.
The manner of death remains under investigation at this time by the Lexington County Coroner’s Office.