Ken Lay Just Died Rather Than Go to Prison
Pastor Steve Wende of First United Methodist Church of Houston, said in a statement that church member Lay died unexpectedly of a “massive coronary.”
Wende said Lay and his wife, Linda, were in Aspen, Colo., for the week “and his death was totally unexpected. Apparently, his heart simply gave out.”
The Lays owned property in Colorado, the only state outside the Southern District of Texas, which includes Houston, where he was allowed to go before that sentencing.
Officials at the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Aspen Valley Hospital refused to discuss details of Lay’s death, although Nancy Raab with the sheriff’s records division said it is under investigation. She declined to release details of any 911 calls related to Lay.
AP via Rocky Mountain News
Family spokeswoman Kelly Kimberly said Lay died of a heart attack. A statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and an ambulance were sent to Lay’s vacation home in Old Snowmass at 1:41 a.m. for “a medical emergency.”
“Mr. Lay was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:11 a.m.,” the statement said. “A coroner’s autopsy is pending,” the statement said.