RALEIGH — Congressional candidate Keith Crisco’s sudden death on May 12 was due to heart problems, the state medical examiner confirmed Tuesday.
Crisco, 71, collapsed at his home, the day before he planned to concede to Clay Aiken, his opponent in the Democratic primary campaign.
The winner would go on to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers.
According to the News & Observer, the autopsy revealed that Crisco had a history of high blood pressure, along with hypertension and severe arteriosclerosis.
It was reported that Crisco was supposed to fly to Texas the day he died, but was unable to do so. He was returning home from running errands when his wife heard him collapse at the house.
The report attributed his death to heart disease and high blood pressure.
Crisco, founder and owner of a textile firm in Asheboro, had spent most of his year on the campaign trail.
The District 2 race was considered too close to call, but Aiken lead Crisco by 369 votes. There was a chance the margin would be close enough for Crisco to call for a recount, but by May 12 he had decided he would concede the next day and call Aiken to congratulate him.
Source: News & Observer