The death of Calistoga City Council candidate Larry Elliott was the result of natural causes, the Napa County Coroner’s Office says.
The office reported last week that Elliott died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease, a common heart-related disorder.
Elliott, 58, was found dead in his home on Oct. 16 after friends asked police to check on him. They had been unable to contact him for several days previously and he did not show up for a candidate forum the night before.
Friends say Elliott had been in declining health for several years and had looked particularly unhealthy toward the end of the previous week. On Oct. 9, he told The Weekly Calistogan that he had been in and out of the hospital recently.
Police said the cause of his death was not immediately clear when they arrived at his home. It took the coroner’s office more than a month to make a formal ruling while investigators waited for a toxicology test on Elliott’s body.
Elliott, a retired city Public Works Department employee, was the first of six candidates to file for two Calistoga City Council seats up for election this year. He had not, however, waged a significant campaign up to the time of his death, at least in part because of his health.
His name remained on the ballot, because copies had already been printed and mailed to voters by the time of his death.