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Goodman Discusses Investigation of Arizona Man’s Death From Drinking Fish Tank Cleaner

Washington Free Beacon reporter Alana Goodman appeared on Fox News Wednesday to discuss her investigation of the strange death of an Arizona man who consumed a cocktail that included a chemical used in fish tank cleaner.

"The early reports in the case sounded odd, and we started digging into it to see what we could find," Goodman said on The Ingraham Angle. "We found that the man's wife was actually a big Democratic donor. She had given thousands of dollars to Democratic causes candidates over the last few years, including most recently a pro-science resistance PAC."

Gary Lenius, 68, died on March 22 after taking a soda mixed with a lethal dose of chloroquine phosphate from his wife, Wanda. She also drank the cocktail and became ill, but survived. Media reports initially characterized the couple as having foolishly followed President Donald Trump's touting of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus, but Goodman's investigation found the deceased Lenius was considered too levelheaded and intelligent by his friends to take such a risk.

Goodman said the fact Wanda Lenius had been a Democratic donor raised questions about the emerging media narrative assigning blame to Trump.

"This raised some questions about her claim that she was going, you know, was she acting on Trump's advice here?" Goodman said.

She added that friends described Lenius's ingestion of the cleaner as "out of character" for someone who was an engineer.

"There were also court records that showed his wife had been previously charged with domestic violence against him," Goodman said.

The Mesa Police Department is currently investigating Lenius's death, which has not been ruled a homicide.