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Hearse Driver Dies En Route to Funeral [UPDATED]

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The driver of a hearse bearing a casket headed to a funeral died while on the job Monday.

Police were called to the 900 block of North Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills by a passerby who saw that the driver was "slumped" over the steering wheel of the parked hearse. Paramedics discovered the driver, a female, dead in the vehicle, according to City News Service.

Officers say the woman died of natural causes, and they do not suspect foul play, according to a news release. The Beverly Hills Police Department say their investigation is ongoing, and have not released the name of the driver or the mortuary who employed her.

UPDATE 8/15/12: The driver has been identified as Garlandine Garvin of Los Angeles. The 59-year-old woman died of natural causes while behind the wheel of the white custom Lincoln Continental, and was taking the casket to a viewing at the time of her death, says City News Service. A specific cause of death has not yet been established.