Autopsy: West Michigan Businessman Died From Heart Disease

Screen shot 2014-03-12 at 6.34.04 PMWEST MICHIGAN (March 12, 2014) — The final autopsy results in the December death of Kalamazoo businessman Bill Wright reveal that he died of hypertensive heart disease caused by high blood pressure.

Wright’s body was found Dec. 28, 2013 in Florida.

According to the Lee County Medical Examiner, contributing factors to his death included chronic alcoholism.  Drugs were also found in his system, including the anti-anxiety medication Xanax and Hydrocodone, an opiate.

Wright, a well-known car dealer, established a non-profit fund called “Wright For Kids” which benefited various charities and agencies around Kalamazoo that work with kids who are abused or in need of help.

He told FOX 17’s Janice Allen in an August 2013 Pay It Forward segment that he suffered abuse as a child.

“I started ‘Wright For Kids’ because I want our whole community to be aware that these are our kids,” explained Wright. “One of three kids is either sexually or physically abused…I want to try and stop the cycles. The most important thing I want to do is bring awareness.”

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4 comments

  • GUEST

    SO GO AHEAD AND DRAG HIS GOOD NAME THREW THE MUD…..WHY WOULD ANY OF US NORMAL PEOPLE EVEN CARE, OTHER THAN FOR YOU TO DO JUST THAT?

    • Guest

      How are they dragging his name *through* the mud by releasing toxicology results? Bottom line is that he died of heart complications due to chronic alcoholism and having drugs in his system. That's a deadly combination, as has been proved time and time again.

      If he died of something random and completely not his fault but a brain aneurism, then it'd be fine to report on the results? But if it's something that's obviously his fault, like substance about, then we're just supposed to be quiet about it and pretend like it didn't happen? In order to what? Not OFFEND someone?

      The guy killed himself with substance abuse. Period. Maybe this will be a lesson to other people out there since it IS being reported on – God forbid we actually learn from mistakes of others in this hush-hush no-child-left-behind offend-no-one everybody-wins 21st century America of ours. Get over yourself.

  • Guest

    A sad reminder that addiction is a very powerful monster. The damage lasts a long time and can lead to deadly results when the body is stressed by other medications. There is no indication that he was using medications illegally. And if he was, again, addiction is seductive and relentless.