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Autopsy: Narrowing Of Heart Valve Killed IUPD Chief Cash

Police Chief Keith Cash died unexpectedly Wednesday night from a heart condition.

IUPD Chief Keith Cash died Wednesday of heart complications.

Photo: Courtesy of Indiana University

IUPD Chief Keith Cash died Wednesday of heart complications.

Update 3:53 p.m.

IUPD Deputy Chief Laury Flint is acting as interim chief until a permanent replacement for Chief Keith Cash.

The department does not have plans in place to choose a replacement. IU officials indicated Thursday they would likely wait until after Cash’s funeral to move ahead with the process.

Flint says, in the meantime, the force is trying to deal with the loss of their chief.

“I’d say this is very emotionally devastating, but we will recover,” she says. “Our people here are all rallying. They’re all grieving and it’s a process. It will take time.”

Flint says she and Cash were a good pair in their respective jobs and Cash knew no strangers. Cash worked with the IU police force for nearly 30 years.

Update 1:00 p.m.

Autopsy results show IUPD Chief Keith Cash died from aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve that keeps the valve from opening fully.

Severe forms of aortic stenosis can prevent blood from reaching the brain and the rest of the body. The condition is not common, but it is more common in men than in women, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Roland Kohr at Terre Haute Regional Hospital conducted the autopsy Thursday morning, according to Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer.

Original Post

Indiana University Police Chief Keith Cash died from a heart condition Wednesday evening at Bloomington Hospital. Cashwas 50 years old and would have been 51 Saturday.

Cash joined the IU Police Department 29 years ago. He had been serving as chief since October 2010.

In a statement, IU President Michael McRobbie called Cash a “wonderful man.”

“Keith’s love for this university, and the Bloomington campus in particular, was apparent to all who knew him,” McRobbie wrote.

Cash supervised a staff of about 100 officers and staff. Deputy Chief Laury Flint has been appointed interim chief until a permanent replacement is chosen.

In addition to leading the police department, Cash was also an instructor at IU’s Police Academy and a guest lecturer in many criminal justice courses.

Cash is survived by his mother, father, brother, sister and brother-in-law. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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