The Prosecuting Attorney also acts as the County Coroner. All attorneys in the office are both Deputy Prosecutors and Deputy Coroners. In small counties, the Office of County Coroner is combined with the Prosecuting Attorney. The Coroner is responsible for investigating and certifying the cause of death in those cases where death is sudden, unexpected or the result of an accident or unlawful means. This work is accomplished by coordinating with the Sheriff, local doctors and medical staff, pathologists, regional medical examiners, investigators, family members and next of kin. The Coroner does not assume jurisdiction in those cases where death is due to natural causes or disease and is anticipated such as hospice related deaths.