The D.C. Medical Examiner’s office disclosed on Wednesday that gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny died of natural causes due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to Beverly Fields, a spokesperson for the office.
Medical information provided by the National Institutes of Health describes that condition as a form of heart disease brought about by hardening of the arteries leading to and within the heart.
“That’s the most common form of heart disease where plaque forms on the vessels that supply blood to the heart,” said Tina Celenza, a physician’s assistant with Whitman-Walker Health, the D.C.-based medical provider. “That would usually cause a heart attack,” Celenza said.
Kameny died in his home in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11 at the age of 86. LGBT activists and leaders have credited him with being one of the nation’s most prominent leaders of the LGBT rights movement over a period of 50 years.
Friends and colleagues have arranged for a Lying in State tribute to Kameny scheduled for Nov. 3 at D.C.’s Carnegie Library at 9th and K Streets, N.W., between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.