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Former Missouri State Representative Cora Faith Walker, 37, Died of Heart Condition ‘Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy’


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Former Missouri State Representative Cora Faith Walker, 37, died unexpectedly March 11th after walking out of her room at the Loews Hotel.

The night before she was seen in social media pictures celebrating St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones’ birthday at Neo on Locust.

KMOV reported in March:

Officials released a new timeline surrounding the sudden death of St. Louis County leader and former Missouri State Representative Cora Faith Walker.

At the time of her death, Walker, 37, was one of the top government officials in St. Louis County. Many remember her as bright and wonderful, a dedicated public servant, and a fierce friend.

According to pictures posted on social media, Walker was at St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones’ birthday party at Neo on Locust on Thursday, March 10. The two were close friends, according to a press release from the mayor’s office. St. Louis Public Safety Director Dr. Dan Isom said Walker stayed at the Loews Hotel and entered her room around midnight with an unidentified person. According to Isom, surveillance video showed that individual leaving her room at 7 a.m. Friday, and then two hours later Walker was seen walking out of her room, before collapsing outside.

Isom clarified that the person is not a suspect.

After discovering Walker in the hallway, a Good Samaritan called 911 at 8:55 a.m. and attempted to resuscitate the fallen St. Louis County leader.

The St. Louis Chief Medical Examiner said on Wednesday that Walker died from a heart condition known as nonischemic cardiomyopathy.

KMOV reported:

The Medical Examiner’s Officer performed an autopsy on March 15 and told News 4 there were no signs of physical injury on Walker’s body. On April 27, Chief Medical Examiner Michael Graham said Walker died from a condition known as nonischemic cardiomyopathy. The National Library of Medicine defines the condition as a “disease of the myocardium associated with mechanical or electrical dysfunction exhibiting inappropriate ventricular hypertrophy or dilatation.”

Graham also told News 4 there were prescription medications in Walker’s system, but they were of the expected amounts and no illicit substances were found.

At the time of her death, Walker was one of the top government officials in St. Louis County.



 

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