Will this be spun into a conspiracy theory shortly? Via USA Today:
The Hawaiian health official who verified the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate died in a small plane crash.
The plane, carrying a pilot and eight passengers, went down Wednesday in the water a half mile off the Hawaiian island of Molokai. The lone fatality was Loretta Fuddy, who has served as state health director since January 2011.
Fuddy, 65, made national news in April 2011 when she verified the authenticity of certified copies of President Obama’s birth certificate. Obama had requested the release to curb claims by so-called “birthers” that he was born in Kenya and not eligible to be president.
“There was catastrophic engine failure,” Makani Kai Air President Richard Schuman told Honolulu-based KITV. Schuman said the cause of the engine failure had not yet been determined.