Natural causes claim capsized 64-year-old fisherman in Cazenovia

CAZENOVIA — The cause of death for a 64-year-old fisherman who died on Cazenovia Lake after falling from his canoe Sunday afternoon was ruled to be due to existing medical problems.

Madison County Undersheriff John Ball said an autopsy was performed on Arthur Morris III, of Manlius, by the Onondaga County medical examiner, who determined that Morris most likely died "as a result of existing health issues." No foul play is suspected and drowning was ruled out because according to witnesses, Morris was wearing a life jacket and was still responsive when he was pulled from the water while clinging to the side of his canoe, Ball said.

Civilian rescuers called 9-1-1 and started CPR, which was continued by firefighters from Cazenovia. But their efforts were in vain. Morris was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse shortly after 5 p.m.