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Surfer who died off Camp Pendleton had heart attack

October 10, 2011 | 12:54 pm

Surf beach
A 63-year-old Orange County man who died while surfing off Camp Pendleton suffered a fatal heart attack, the San Diego County medical examiner said Monday.

Charles Solon Todd Jr. of Aliso Viejo had an advanced case of coronary atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries leading to the heart muscle, according to the medical examiner.

Todd had just come ashore from surfing Saturday morning at Surf Beach when he collapsed.

Todd's death is the second at Surf Beach this fall. In early September, 42-year-old Russ Yamada was found unresponsive in the water near his surfboard. Officials determined Yamada had had a heart attack.


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Photo: Surf Beach. Credit: Fox5 San Diego