Woman Dies After Hearing of Father's Death in Tornado
Missouri woman's heart attack considered a 'storm-related casualty'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 25, 2011 8:39 AM CDT
Rescue workers search for a body at the Greenbriar Nursing Home in Joplin, Mo., on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer)
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(Newser) – A 54-year-old Missouri woman died yesterday after suffering a heart attack when told of her father's death in the Joplin tornado. The local Missouri coroner didn't know the circumstances of her father's death, but said the woman was a schoolteacher and resident of nearby Webb City who attended church in Joplin, where a historic storm killed more than 120 people. The coroner said the death is considered a storm-related casualty, even though the woman was not directly killed by the tornado.