UPDATE: Stroke Led to Belpre Man Falling Off Ladder

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email
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UPDATE 5/30/2014 5:15 PM

On Wednesday we reported a man falling off a ladder at his Beach Drive home in Belpre as he was cleaning his boat.

Friday Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks confirmed William Gotschall died of a stroke, causing him to fall off the ladder and land on his head.

Gotschall was 77-years-old.

UPDATE 5/28/2014 5:00 PM

Investigators say 77-year-old William Gotschall of Belpre collapsed while climbing down a six-foot-tall ladder shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Gotschall fell four or five feet on his head on his Beach Dr. driveway

Emergency responders performed CPR on-scene, but he didn't respond. They then took him to an area hospital with his wife and a friend riding along.

"Just a family guy. He had a friend here helping him, a neighbor. His wife was here too, pretty tragic. It's a small community, probably 20-houses on the street here. They're probably all pretty close," said Sgt. Bradley Holbert with the Washington Co. Sheriff's Office.

Neighbors say Gotschall was an active man who loved boating and being on the water, but he had some medical issues over the winter and that seemed to slow him down.

UPDATE 5/28/2014 12:55 PM

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says a 77-year-old man who fell off a ladder in Belpre Wednesday morning is dead.

Sheriff Mincks says the man is William Thomas Gotschall of 2601 Beach Dr.

Authorities say Gotschall collapsed while he was coming down off a six-foot-tall ladder, falling backwards and hitting his head.

Gotschall was cleaning his boat when it happened.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says an elderly man died Wednesday morning after falling off a ladder while cleaning his house.

It happened on Beach Drive in Belpre.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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