SENECA, S.C. (WSPA) – A man was found floating, unresponsive and face down in Lake Keowee near Stamp Creek Landing at about 3:35 p.m. on Monday, according to Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis.
68-year-old Leo Cameron Pace of Asheville, N.C. was about 30 feet from the shoreline and in waist-deep water, and was pulled from the water by a bystander, who tried performing CPR, Addis said.
He says Pace was then taken to the Oconee Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:22 p.m.
Pace’s dog was on the shoreline nearby, along with a beach chair and a bag with some of Pace’s things.
Pace routinely went to the lake with his dog, according to the coroner.
The autopsy shows that Pace probably sustained a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) resulting in sudden death, due to preexisting coronary disease.
There were no signs of drowning or physical trauma in the autopsy, and Pace’s death will be classified as natural.