The son of former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher died Saturday, a few days after suffering a heart attack on his 26th birthday, reports say.
Kyle Fletcher, a musician who lives in Los Angeles with his fiancee (also from Minnesota), had struggled with drugs in his teens and was once arrested for drug possession on orders from his father, the Star Tribune notes. But his sister says he has been clean for at least the past five years.
The heart attack “wasn’t something we expected at this time because he had been clean for several years,” Kelsey Adams, Fletcher's sister, told the Star Tribune. “But he had that personality to live loud and burn out rather than fade away.”
Fletcher's family flew out to California after hearing of his heart attack on May 11. Fletcher was declared brain dead and his family took him off life support Saturday, the Pioneer Press says. His organs and tissue were donated, as he had requested.
Adams told the Pioneer Press Fletcher's music career was really taking off and he was "living out his dream."
Fletcher, described as a musician who plays bluegrass jam funk, was scheduled to play at the Cabooze in Minneapolis Wednesday night with his band the Buckthorn Brothers, his website notes. The group also had several other shows planned this summer.
The cause of his heart attack remains unclear. Fletcher was reportedly a smoker, but otherwise in good health.
Fletcher got into some trouble with the law during his teens, being arrested on burglary charges and drug possession. In 2006, his father – the sheriff at the time – called him out publicly for drug addiction, FOX 9 notes.
But after serving time in juvenile detention and rehab, he grew much closer to his family.
"My dad had unconditional love for Kyle. He always believed in Kyle even when it was tempting to give up on him," Adams told the Pioneer Press. "My dad is very devastated."
Fletcher's father served as Ramsey County sheriff for 16 years before losing re-election in 2010. He retired as a St. Paul police commander in 2013, and now serves on the Vadnais Heights City Council, the city's website notes. He's currently working as a counter-terrorism instructor.
Fans and those who knew him took to social media to share their condolences:
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