Coroner: Natural cause in De Beque ATV rider’s death

A 70-year-old man who died Thursday riding an all-terrain vehicle near De Beque had suffered from advanced heart disease and wasn’t injured in an accident involving the ATV, the Mesa County Coroner’s office said this afternoon.

The coroner said the death of Norman L. Gambrell, of Grand Junction, was the result of natural causes, ischemic heart disease.

“Mr. Gambrell recently spoke with his wife about when he died, he would like to be hunting,” the coroner said in a release.

Gambrell was doing just that over recent days, accompanied by family members near the South Dry Fork northwest of De Beque, when the ATV he was riding had flipped on top of him and pinned him shortly before noon, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Gambrell was pronounced dead at the scene.


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