ATLANTA — Former security guard Richard Jewell, who was erroneously linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, died Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Jewell, 44, was found dead in his west Georgia home, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.
He died of natural causes, said Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley.
“There’s no suspicion whatsoever of any type of foul play. He had been at home sick since the end of February with kidney problems,” Worley said.
The GBI planned to do an autopsy Thursday, Bankhead said.
Thinking about this, Jewell was more than “erroneously linked” to the bombing – he was all but accused of it. He successfully sued a number of news outlets and cleared his name. I think Jewell will be remembered as the poster boy for victims of pack-mentality-feeding-frenzy-media-excess.
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