Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said emergency medical responders were attempting CPR on 52-year-old Donna Isdell when her 56-year-old husband, Charles, suffered a similar attack in another room.
“We thought he had passed out at first,” said Gianna Heath, a niece.
The coroner said both had pre-existing heart conditions.
Heath said it’s genetic; her aunt, Donna Isdell’s mother, father and sister all died because of heart attacks, she said.
The couple, who married in the early 1980s, had no children together, but Charles Isdell had a son from a previous relationship.
Heath said the family is doing its best to pull together during a double loss.