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Health Director Loretta Fuddy died of cardiac arrhythmia

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:10 a.m. HST, Jan 14, 2014

State Health Director Loretta Fuddy died of a cardiac arrhythmia because of stress following a December plane crash off Molokai, a Maui County police spokesman said Monday.

Cardiac arrhythmia is a disturbance in the normal heart beat.

Fuddy, 65, was one of nine people who were on board a Makani Kai Cessna Grand Caravan that crashed into the ocean after take-off about a half-mile from Kalaupapa on Dec. 11 and the only passenger to die.

The pilot and all eight passengers made it out of the plane before it sank. But they had to float in the ocean until the Coast Guard and Maui County helicopters rescued them.

In the water, Fuddy held hands with Health Department deputy director Keith Yamamoto as he tried to help her relax, said Rev. Patrick Killilea, who consoled Yamamoto after the ordeal.

"He recounted how he said he helped Loretta into her life jacket and he held her hand for some time," the Kalaupapa priest said last month. "They were all floating together and she let go and there was no response from her."

The crash occurred when the single engine of the 2002 Cessna failed soon after it took off from Molokai and made its turn toward Honolulu.

An autopsy was conducted on Fuddy shortly after the crash, but the cause of death was initially deferred.

Her death was determined to be accidental, police said Monday.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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what wrote:
In other words, her heart could not handle the shock of a plane crash. Very little to feed the absurd Obama conspiracy theory trolls. Condolences to the family.
on January 13,2014 | 01:47PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Yes but mow the conspiracy nutjobs will focus on sabotage. Someone did something to the plane to make it crash!
on January 13,2014 | 01:55PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Shoddy maintenance. I seen some examples in "Air Disasters" on NGC and The Smithsonian Channel.
on January 13,2014 | 02:51PM
slowroll323 wrote:
If it wasn't Obama, then obviously, it was Hillary. Case closed!
on January 13,2014 | 03:45PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Birther Donald Trump, who was probably the first to say nation wide that Ms Fuddy's passing was a "conspiracy", will continue to say that it is. (Like with Pres. Obama's birth certificate, which Trump still calls, "a fake").
on January 13,2014 | 02:06PM
puamamane wrote:
A plane crash brings the liberals out of the woodwork and have an Obama love fest. Disgusting
on January 13,2014 | 03:27PM
hanalei395 wrote:
And a plane crash brings out a fool like you who agrees with Trump.
on January 13,2014 | 09:38PM
aomohoa wrote:
I have missed something? What conspiracy theory, relating to this crash?
on January 13,2014 | 03:21PM
Skyler wrote:
You did - but it was dumb so you didn't really miss anything.
on January 13,2014 | 04:17PM
HanabataDays wrote:
"what"s comment describes it best using simple, everyday language. The interesting thing is that very few cardiac arrhythmias can be diagnosed postmortem. Was this one? I get the impression lately our MEs are looking for the easy out, the quick closure like the recent "suicide by gunshot" case where the only thing missing was, oddly, the suicide weapon.
on January 13,2014 | 01:56PM
twitter6 wrote:
The stress and uncertainty must have been enormous. RIP Ms Fuddy
on January 13,2014 | 02:52PM
Upperkula wrote:
To much Caffene in ones morning cup of java, can put ones heart into tachycardia in a overly stress situation like what these people went through that day. Your hear just races to a point where it does not pump blood efficiently anymore and you just fade away. It's very unfortunate there are alot of people out there that have this condition and dont even know they have it. My condoleces to her Ohan and we thank her for her service to our state. Aloha But if they the FAA find a faulty part in the planes engine caused it to go down which inturn cause this most unfortunate set of circumstances, than the tides will turn.
on January 13,2014 | 02:59PM
Anonymous wrote:
Wow, I was certain the cause would have been natural causes.
on January 13,2014 | 03:14PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
After watching the crash on Youtube, yes it is a stressful event. Thank You for your service Loretta Fuddy.
on January 13,2014 | 03:41PM
yhls wrote:
She was scared to death.
on January 13,2014 | 08:06PM
Anonymous wrote:
The answer is hidden under the Donald's wig. Quick go look before he moves it...
on January 13,2014 | 08:54PM
CloudForest wrote:
Only a (D) would demand to be in charge and still not be able to handle 'bobbing' around in a life jacket in clean, clear and warm waters! Typical of those who would control us - once again the incapable demanding to lead the capable! RIP and may your secrets be reveled to all of the world. Exactly how is kerning on that fabled certificate?
on January 13,2014 | 11:21PM
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