George Ramos died of a heart attack
July 28, 2011
By LISA RIZZO
CalCoastNews editor and renowned Los Angeles Times journalist George Ramos died of a heart attack, the autopsy determined. He was 63 years old.
San Luis Obispo County Coroner Investigator Jeff Nichols said the heart attack was caused by a blood clot in the organ’s right ventricle. The autopsy also found many of Ramos’ vital organs were severely damaged and compromised due to his prolonged diabetes.
The former Cal Poly journalism department chair had been dead for about seven days by the time his body was found, Nichols said.
First responders discovered Ramos’ body Saturday in his Morro Bay home after they were alerted by CalCoastNews investigative reporter Karen Velie that signs indicated Ramos was home but not responding.
Velie had been trying to locate Ramos to check on his well-being after he had been unresponsive to calls for several days and had not alerted the news organization of any travel plans.
Since the news of his untimely death, Ramos has been memorialized by media through numerous articles, television newscasts, radio shows and even the Los Angeles City Council for his lifetime of dedication to journalism and efforts to improve representation of Latinos in media.
Ramos, who often used to say “I’m just a kid from East L.A.,” grew up to become an esteemed journalist with the Los Angeles Times. Ramos earned three Pulitzer-Prizes during his 25 plus years as an editor, bureau chief, reporter and columnist with the newspaper.
He also nurtured many aspiring journalists, teaching at the University of Southern California, University of Arizona and Cal Poly, where he graduated from the journalism program in 1969.
Ramos returned to his alma mater in 2003 to become the Cal Poly journalism department chair. He then severed as a professor of journalism and had recently retired from the university.
The celebrated teacher and journalist also proudly served his country in Vietnam and was awarded with a Purple Heart.
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