Robert C. Van Ness Jr. had an enlarged heart that likely caused him to go into cardiac arrest and fall into the water, according to a news release from the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. It does not appear Van Ness drowned.
A passer-by noticed a person floating facedown in the pond, 1111 Pyott Road, and called 911 about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.
Fire crews arrived at the scene by 10:44 a.m., found the body and removed it from the water, according to the release.
The scene was turned over to Lake in the Hills police and the McHenry County coroner.
The final cause and manner of death will be determined after toxicology testing is complete.
Van Ness frequently submitted letters to the editor to the Northwest Herald. His most recent published letter was from May.