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01/13/2014 08:36 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Loretta Fuddy's Cause Of Death Finally Revealed

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When Loretta Fuddy, the Hawaii state health director who verified and approved the release of President Obama's birth certificate, died tragically in a plane crash off the island of Molokai, the birther movement pounced.

On Twitter and the blogosphere, birthers (including Donald Trump) insinuated that the crash was suspicious, some even claiming that the White House was just "tying up loose ends."

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.

Last week, one of the survivors released amazing footage of the deadly crash, including a selfie as he awaited rescuers.

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