Heart problem caused death of Nipomo man on Thanksgiving Day, autopsy shows

Sheriff’s officials said Friday that the death of a 25-year-old Nipomo man on Thanksgiving Day was from natural causes.

In a news release, sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn said Victor Salazar Garcia Jr.’s death was traced to a pre-existing condition called cardiac dysrhythmia, or an irregular or abnormal heart rate.

The incident happened at Hazel Lane and Starlite Drive in Nipomo shortly before 8:30 p.m., in which deputies responding to a report of a fight in the street found an unconscious man at the scene.

Garcia was taken to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, where he was declared dead, officials said. Sheriff’s officials initially called the death suspicious.

-- Cynthia Lambert