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10-Year-Old Who Collapsed On Magic Mountain Ride Died From Natural Causes, Coroner Says

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A 10-year-old girl who died shortly after losing consciousness on a Magic Mountain roller coaster last week died from natural causes unrelated to the ride, the coroner said.

Jasmine Martinez, who was from Somis in Ventura County, collapsed on the amusement park's Revolution roller coaster around 4 p.m. last Friday. She was airlifted to the Northridge Hospital, and then died on Saturday.

The L.A. County Coroner's Office told NBC Los Angeles that Martinez died from natural causes, but did not give any other information about her health condition. They won't be performing an autopsy on Martinez because of her family's religious beliefs, the coroner's office said.

The ride was temporarily shut down and later reopened on Monday as state investigators found that the roller coaster was operating properly, KTLA reports. Magic Mountain released a statement that said, "There is no evidence to suggest that this was in any way ride related. We do not know if there was a pre-existing condition."

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The Revolution roller coaster reaches speeds of up to 55 mph and features a 90-foot-tall vertical loop. The ride first opened in 1976.

Update 12:30 p.m.: Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, told the L.A. Times that the coroner's office is unable to determine the cause of the child's death because her family doesn't want her to have an autopsy over religious issues. However, Winter said that a doctor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles believes the girl died from natural causes, according to a signed death certificate. Cedars-Sinai's spokeswoman said she could not give information about Martinez's death because of privacy concerns.