Update: Same heart, new husband

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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  • by Randolph Location: Alabama on Apr 16, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    Terry Cottle was my brother in-law for years.I grew up knowing him like a brother and a good man!Terry was against having guns in his house.He was not the kind of man who would take his own life!!!Now poor Mr.Graham!!!Something happened and this woman knows more than she is telling.They made a movie once called The Black Widow.
  • by To Bill From According To Location: Georgia on Apr 15, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    Reading this headline is what made me go to another source to find additional information. I was also very confused. The body of the story in no way ties to the title of the story.
  • by Bill Location: Augusta on Apr 14, 2008 at 11:43 AM
    If I had not read the comment posted by another reader, I would not have understood the headline. Do reporters read over their work any more to see if it makes sense?
  • by According To Location: Georgia on Apr 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM
    According to another news station, this was Mrs. Graham's fifth marriage at age 38. The husband whose heart was donated to Mr. Graham also died from a "self" inflected gun shot wound. Kind of sounds like Mrs. Graham might need to be investigated.
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