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Monday, June 10, 2019

Man Dies of Heart Attack While Scattering Wife's Ashes

LakeAn 88-year-old man, Ralph Miyata, died while attempting to scatter the cremains of his late wife at a lake in Indiana. The cause of death was ruled a heart attack. A friend that had been with him, James Sprecher, says that he helped the elderly man onto the dock, then when he turned around heard a splash as the man fell into the lake. “It was not a drowning," Sprecher said, who also happened to be a retired doctor. "He was dead when he hit the water."

Miyata was also cremated, according to his obituary. "He had completed his mission, which was putting his wife’s ashes into the lake," Sprecher said.

See Nicole Darrah, Indiana Man, 88, Reportedly Dies of Heart Attack While Scattering Wife's Ashes, Fox News, June 9, 2019.


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