Walla Walla man among two who died of heart attacks on Rogue River

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GOLD BEACH, Ore. (AP) — The Curry County Sheriff’s Department says two men who died after rafting accidents in the Rogue River were killed by heart attacks, rather than drowning.

Medical examiner reports say the stress of crashing rafts at the Picket Fence rapids contributed to the deaths. Both men were thrown into the water and were wearing life jackets.

The Mail Tribune reports 57-year-old Steven D. Hoyer of Spartanburg, S.C., died July 12 and 66-year-old Steven Boyd of Walla Walla, died last Wednesday.

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