7 Apr 2003

Tauese may have died of massive heart attack

3:55 pm on 7 April 2003

A tribute to the late American Samoan governor, Tauese Sunia, says he may have died from a massive heart attack.

Tauese died on a flight from Apia to Honolulu 10 days ago and was laid to rest in his home village over the weekend after a family and a state funeral.

The souvenir programme says Tauese had suffered from a range of illnesses, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, gout, kidney stones, a recurrent case of stomach ulcer and others.

His widow said he had been complaining about a stomach ache but refused to seek hospital care until March the 22nd.

She defended the doctors against criticism, saying they had done all they could.