A 38 year old overweight woman is brought to the emergency room. She has severe abdominal pain, hypotension, bruising and oral bleeding. Two hours later she also shows bleeding from other mucosas, then goes into shock and in spite of support therapy dies 12 hours later. An autopsy is carried out. Fig. 1 is a photograph of the peritoneal fat (outlined). Fig. 2 is a photograph of the patient's pancreas. Which of the statements below is correct?