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Internal bleeding killed cactus run-in victim

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Posted: Saturday, June 25, 2005 5:51 am | Updated: 9:20 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

man found dead outside a north Scottsdale hotel in April bled to death internally after bumping into a cactus.

The death of Mark Steven Perchinsky, 34, was ruled accidental and was caused by a head injury after chronic alcohol abuse, said an investigator from the Maricopa County Forensic Science Center.

It’s not unusual for people who suffer from alcoholism to die when they fall and strike their heads, the investigator said, adding that the blood of people who suffer from complications of liver disease tends to clot abnormally.

Police found Perchinsky’s body at 4:05 p.m. April 12 near a staghorn cactus after a helicopter and officers searched for him for about a day, a police report states.

Perchinsky drank heavily, was depressed and had been out of work for about a year, the report states.

He was known to take long walks and was also prone to nosebleeds. A hotel housekeeper found blood on towels, pillows, the carpet and a coffee table in Perchinsky’s room, the report states.

He was staying at the Scottsdale Mayo Clinic Courtyard by Marriott, 13444 E. Shea Blvd., to attend a friend’s wedding.

A hotel employee called 911 about 2 a.m. April 11 when Perchinsky was seen with "a lot of blood on him and a head wound," the report states. When police arrived, Perchinsky couldn’t be found, the report said. Five hours later, Perchinsky did not show up when his limousine arrived to take him to the airport.

"It appeared that the victim might have walked into the cactus," the report states. "The main stalk as well as another branch was broken. The victim’s feet were directly under the plant."

"I can’t understand how he was allowed to leave that hotel in that condition," said the victim’s father, John Perchinsky, who was reached by telephone Friday. "It’s all very confusing and strange to me. I don’t know quite what to do about it."

Perchinsky said that like his son, he also suffered nosebleeds until he had surgery to stop the problem.

Perchinsky said his son had clerked for two judges in Casper, Wyo., but returned to Minnesota, where he had planned to start a new job in research at West Publishing Company in Eagan, his father said.

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