A 61-year-old man who died this week after fainting in a Merced County tomato field succumbed to heart disease, according to authorities.
Alejandro Cruz, a resident of Merced, died Monday at a hospital after he fainted while working in a field southeast of Merced, the sheriff’s office reported.
The cause of death was a heart attack due to bad coronary arteries, Sheriff Vern Warnke told the Sun-Star. Cruz had a history of medical problems, police officials said, and visited his doctor a week ago.
Cruz told fellow workers he wasn’t feeling well just before he fainted sometime before 5 p.m. Monday, Warnke said. The workers brought Cruz to a designated resting area in the back of a truck and called 911.
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Cruz was an employee of Cardenas Contractors Inc., according to Julia Bernstein, public information officer for the California Department of Industrial Relations.
The Modesto office of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/ OSHA, was notified of the death and is investigating, Bernstein said. No other information was immediately available.