Coroner's Office says Derrick Todd Lee died of heart disease
NEW ORLEANS- Officials say serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, who was suspected of killing seven women, died of heart disease.
Chaillie Daniel, a representative for West Feliciana Parish Coroner, revealed the cause of death on Tuesday.
Lee died Jan. 21, days after being taken to a hospital outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he was being held on death row.
Kim Hodgin, an assistant to Daniel, said she couldn't provide more details about Lee's death.
Lee had been sentenced to life for killing 21-year-year Geralyn DeSoto in January 2002, and to death for killing 22-year-old Charlotte Murray Pace four months later. Both women's throats were cut.
Authorities also suspect Lee killed five other women in south Louisiana between 1998 and 2003. He wasn't tried in those cases.