Loretta Fuddy

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Person.png Loretta Fuddy   History CommonsRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornApril 12, 1948
Honolulu, Hawaii
DiedDecember 11, 2013 (Age 65)
Pacific Ocean, (Off the coast of Molokai)
Victim ofpremature death
The Hawaii official who released Obama's birth certificate. She reportedly died due to a cardiac arrhythmia after a plane crash in which no one else was seriously hurt.

Employment.png Mayor of Kalawao County

In office
2011 - 11 December 2013

Loretta Fuddy was Mayor of Kalawao County when she died, reportedly due to a small plane crash. The Huffington Post reported that although she evacuated the plane safely, she later died from a stress-related cardiac arrhythmia.[1]

Financial matters

Fuddy was in debt[2] and it has been alleged that she paid down her mortgage by over $100,000 in the the year before her death. If true, this is remarkable since this was her annual salary.[3]

Premature death

The Huffington Post reported that "Fuddy was the only fatality in the crash. All the passengers, including Fuddy, safely evacuated the plane and activated life-vests, but according to a newly released autopsy, Fuddy suffered a cardiac arrhythmia while floating in the water, waiting for rescuers. Her brother, Lewis Fuddy, says that she did not have any known heart problems, but according to Maui County police, the arrhythmia was the result of stress."[1]

The LA Times reported:"Fuddy, 65, was among nine people in a Cessna that crashed into the ocean Wednesday, shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport on the island of Molokai about 3:15 p.m. The eight others on the plane, including the pilot, were rescued, but Fuddy "remained in the fuselage of the plane," Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig told KHON-TV. "It's always a difficult situation when you're not able to get everybody out."[4]

NTSB Investigation

The NTSB investigative report stated that "the airline transport pilot and two passengers were seriously injured, one passenger was fatally injured, and five passengers received minor injuries."[3] Some footage of the plane crash exists.[5]

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