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Missing Boater Died Of Natural Causes

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Lake Housatonic (Courtesy Department of Energy and Environmental Protection)

Lake Housatonic (Courtesy Department of Energy and Environmental Protection)

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The State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that the Woodbridge boater missing  in Lake Housatonic for nearly a week died of natural causes.

75-year-old Richard Fiske’s body was pulled from the water Sunday.

The autopsy found Fiske died of brain hemorrhage and heart problems,  termed “acute intracerebral hemorrhage and hypertensive cardio-vascular disease” in the report from the medical examiner.

Fiske had left the New Haven Rowing Club in Oxford in a canoe last Monday,  and had been the subject of a search until his body was recovered Sunday.

A message on the rowing club’s website thanked the efforts of State Police, officers from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and local emergency services for their help in the search.

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