Photo by Robert Schwartz during Rodney's 1998 winter
The final autopsy finding, released in September 2008, was somewhat disconcerting to the Pole community and his family. His father admits that the source of the methanol poisoning will probably never be determined. The 25 September 2008 New Zealand Herald article which discusses the autopsy finding is no longer available, so I refer you to the Wikipedia page about his death and the subsequent investigations. For too much information, see this long-form article by Will Cockrell in the December 2009 Men's Journal. And as a bit of a disclaimer I must note that several good friends of mine wintered with Rodney in 2000.