Londonderry woman's death caused by heart attack

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LONDONDERRY — A woman who died Wednesday, July 12, suffered a heart attack, according to the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

At just past 1 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a residence on Magic Mountain Road for a report that 41-year-old Kristin Handshaw had suddenly collapsed.

According to the death certificate, Handshaw suffered a terminal cardiac arrhythmia complicating cadriomyopathy, which was "probably" related to tobacco use.

Handshaw was born on Jan. 30, 1976, in Townshend.

Handshaw's death occurred on the same day that a 22-year-old Londonderry man died of an overdose. At the time of Handshaw's death, Detective Lieutenant John-Paul Schmidt of Vermont State Police told the Reformer "I don't recall from my experience any other recent overdose deaths in the town of Londonderry. We're still looking into and investigating both cases, and we need autopsy and toxicology results before we reach any definite conclusions."

Carolyn Sleeper, Handshaw's mother, told the Brattleboro Reformer that she was concerned people were reaching the wrong conclusion about her daughter's death and wanted it known that Handshaw did not die of an overdose.


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