Official Who Verified Obama’s Birth Certificate Dies In Plane Crash

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December 12, 2013 12:57pm PST

65-year-old Loretta Fuddy is the director of the Hawaii Department of Health who verified and released President Obama’s birth certificate.

She died on Wednesday when a Honolulu-bound plane crashed into Hawaii water. The plane’s engine apparently failed.

Oddly, Fuddy was the only person aboard the plane who died — the other seven passengers and pilot survived the crash.

Back in 2011, Fuddy verified the authenticity of Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate. She also made the document public.Obama-birth-certificate-White-House-620x445

After releasing the documents, Fuddy wrote a letter to Obama that said, “I have reviewed your request for two certified copies of your original Certificate of Live Birth. As the Director of Health for the State of Hawaii, I have the legal authority to approve the process by which copies of such records are made. Through that authority, in recognition of your status as President of the United States, I am making an exception to current departmental policy which is to issue a computer-generated certified copy.”

She continued, “We hope that issuing you these copies of your original Certificate of Live Birth will end the numerous inquires received by the Hawaii Department of Health to produce this document.”Aside from releasing Obama’s birth certificate, Fuddy was well known for leading the gay rights movement in Hawaii.Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said in a statement, “[Fuddy] was selfless, utterly dedicated, and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii. Her knowledge was vast; her counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her storehouse of experience.”

The plane crash is currently being investigated by officials.

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