Former security guard Richard Jewell, who was wrongly linked to the deadly bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics, died of heart disease, Georgia's chief medical examiner said Thursday.
Jewell, 44, who had diabetes and kidney problems, died Wednesday at his home in West Georgia.
An autopsy performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation showed Jewell had severe heart disease and essentially had a heart attack, Dr. Kris Sperry told The Associated Press. Jewell's diabetes contributed to the heart problems, Sperry said.
Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for spotting a suspicious backpack and moving people out of harm's way just before a bomb exploded, killing one and injuring 111 others. But within days, he was named as a suspect in the blast.
Though eventually cleared in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing, Jewell never recovered from the shame of being wrongly linked to the bombing in the news media. Finally, a year ago, he was again hailed as a hero.
Despite the results, Sperry said the GBI planned toxicology tests because of the notoriety of the Jewell case so there "won't be any open questions at the end of the day."
There is no evidence drugs or alcohol contributed to Jewell's death, Sperry said.