April 13, 2008
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Georgia investigators are continuing to look into the death of a heart transplant recipient whose body was found earlier this month in the back yard of his Vidalia home.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says its ruling that 69-year-old Sonny Graham committed suicide was preliminary. Graham was found in a utility building in his back yard with a gunshot wound to the throat.
Investigators are conducting interviews and waiting for results of Graham's toxicology report, which could take several weeks.
Graham lived on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina for about 40 years. He was director of the Heritage golf tournament from 1979 to 1983 and returned to the event every year to volunteer.
It was while he was living on Hilton Head that Graham got the heart transplant that saved his life.
Several years ago, he moved to Vidalia.
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