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Death of Malibu kitchen worker labeled 'upper respiratory infection'

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Investigators say the mysterious death of a Malibu kitchen worker outside of Guido's restaurant was not crime-related. Carlos Ivan Rodas died of an upper respiratory infection, according to homicide detectives.

Authorities say 32-year-old Rodas left the restaurant to take out the trash on Sunday night and staggered to the parking lot in front of the business where he collapsed and died.

The announcement raises questions, however, as multiple reports noted the presense of an overwhelming amount of blood at the scene. 

Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter told the L.A. Times he could not discuss the case because it was placed on a security hold Wednesday morning. The reason for the hold was unclear. 

Conflicting information initially circulated about the cause of the dishwasher's death. 

Early indications suggested to authorities he may have been a shooting victim. Some time after, it was reported he had been beaten to death by multiple assailants. Later, there was cause to consider it a death by natural causes.

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Carlos Ivan Rodas ID'd in bloody Malibu mystery death

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Carlos Ivan Rodas of Los Angeles has been identified as the 32-year-old dishwasher who died mysteriously on Sunday in front of Guido's restaurant in Malibu, where he worked.

Coroner’s officials say an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, and results will likely end speculation about the cause of death. Reports are not expected before Thursday, say officials. 

Conflicting information circulated about the circumstances leading up to the victim being found in a pool of blood in the shopping center at Cross Creek Road and Pacific Coast Highway. 

Early Sheriff's Department indications suggested the man has been shot. Some time after, it was reported he had been beaten brutally by multiple assailants. Later, there was cause to believe he may have died of natural causes.

LASD spokesman Steve Whitmore told KPCC it was not unusual for details to change significantly during the initial stages of an investigation. All possibilities are being considered, he said.

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Guido's restaurant employee death is a Malibu mystery

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Nearly every detail in the unusual case of a man who died outside of Guido's restaurant in Malibu on Sunday night is unconfirmed.

KPCC spoke to LA Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore who said authorities are investigating all possibilities, but that he could not confirm any of the specifics of the case. 

Initially, the death was believed to be a shooting, according to the L.A. Times. Later, it was widely reported as a brutal beating at the hands of multiple assailants.

Now, ABC 7 is saying natural causes may be to blame for the death of the man believed to be a mid-20s dishwasher named "Carlos." A lot of blood was reported at the scene, but the man showed no signs of physical trauma, according to authorities, they say.

An official cause of death has not been determined, however, and the case is still being investigated as a homicide.

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Brutal attack leaves employee dead outside Malibu restaurant

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An employee of a Malibu restaurant died after an attack in the parking lot minutes before closing on Sunday night, say authorities. 

Initially reported as a shooting, authorities now say the man suffered a brutal beating by multiple suspects.

The man, whose identity was not released, was described as mid-20s, and worked in the kitchen of Guido's restaurant off PCH on Cross Creek Road, NBC LA explains. 

Tony Waldrop, the manager of the restaurant, said "He was taking out the trash and never came back," reports the L.A. Times.

Authorities say the victim was confronted and attacked by several subjects in a parking lot behind the restaurant. The victim reportedly escaped and staggered to the front of the shopping center where he collapsed. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

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