Delaware medical examiner determines cause of convicted killer Thomas Capano’s death

Convicted murderer Thomas Capano died of sudden cardiac arrest in his prison cell, according to the Delaware medical examiner.

The once-prominent attorney was serving a life prison term at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.  Capano was 61 when he died Monday. 

The medical examiner also says he had atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, and that obesity was a contributing factor in his death. 

Capano was the last person seen with Anne Marie Fahey when the two had dinner at a Philadelphia restaurant in June 1996.  He was arrested in June 1997.  One of Capano’s brothers told investigators that he helped Capano dump Anne Marie Fahey’s body at sea. 

Capano told the court that another lover killed Fahey, but his dramatic trial ended with a verdict of guilty in January 1999.  Judge Bill Lee sentenced Capano to death, but the death sentence was overturned by the state Supreme Court in 2006. 

Anne Marie Fahey was scheduling secretary for former Governor Thomas Carper, who is now Delaware’s senior US Senator. 

This is a story from the WHYY archives from the time of Capano’s conviction.  Those connected to the case including one of jurors discusses what happened during the case.

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