A doctor from Algonquin who was awaiting trial for the 2019 murder of his girlfriend has died from COVID-19 and pneumonia, the medical examiner’s office said.
Anthony R. Prate, 57, of the 1400 block of Spring Hill Drive in Algonquin, was charged in November 2019 with first-degree murder.
The Schaumburg Police Department said at the time that they responded around 1:30 a.m. November 23, 2019, to the 300 block of Arbor Glen Boulevard for a 911 ambulance request.
The 911 caller, later identified as Prate, told dispatchers that he and his girlfriend had a physical altercation with a knife and both were injured, according to police.
Officers entered the residence and discovered a deceased female victim who had been stabbed.
The woman was identified as Malgorzata “Margaret” Daniel, 48, of Schaumburg. She resided at the Arbor Glen Boulevard residence.
Prate was transported by the Schaumburg Fire Department to a local hospital for injuries to his hands and arms.
He was released from the hospital and taken into custody for further questioning, police said at the time.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Daniel’s cause of death a homicide. She had over 25 stab wounds.
Prate was later charged with the first-degree murder of Daniel.
Prate was an optometrist at The Eye Works, which has locations in Lake Zurich and Barrington. Daniel and Prate were in a dating relationship.
Prate had been released from custody after posting 10% of a $300,000 bond in January 2020, records show.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Prate died at Palos Community Hospital in Tinley Park last month on December 17.
An autopsy showed Prate died from respiratory failure, pneumonia and COVID-19.
In December 2019, the month after Prate was charged with the murder of Daniel, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and Lake in the Hills Police Department announced they would reexamine the circumstances in the death of Bridget Prate.
Bridget Prate was the wife of Anthony Prate. The woman was pronounced dead following a car crash in Lake in the Hills on March 1, 2011, the Northwest Herald reported.
Anthony Prate was driving his wife’s Nissan Murano northbound on Pyott Road near Willow Street in Lake in the Hills when it collided into another vehicle that was traveling southbound, according to a police report, the Northwest Herald reported.
The Nissan went into a ditch, through a fence and struck a tree. Bridget Prate was found unconscious and not breathing in the passenger seat.
Police indicated in their report that the damage to the Nissan was not consistent with a fatal crash.
An autopsy found there were no bruises, contusions or broken bones on the woman that would typically occur in a fatal crash, the Northwest Herald reported.
The pathologist who conducted the autopsy noted that Bridget Prate had a fracture in her spine but it was not believed to be a fracture that could cause her death.
The pathologist also noted that he believed the woman was dead prior to the vehicle crash, the Northwest Herald reported. The coroner’s office ruled Bridget Prate’s cause and manner of death as “undetermined.”