Orlando Chapman, Sr. owned Brother's Seafood restaurants in Shreveport in Bossier City.
A wreath outside of Brother's Restaurant on Monkhouse Drive
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Well-known local restaurateur Orlando Chapman died of a "cardiac event," and not drowning.
That's according to Caddo Coroner, Dr. Todd Thoma, who says, "After further investigation and autopsy information it was concluded that Mr. Chapman suffered a cardiac event and fell into the water. This investigation is consistent with a natural death with no evidence of drowning."
His employees say it is a relief to learn that he did not drown. "I teared up a little bit I had to compose myself being here but it was a relief for me because I thought he suffered from drowning. I just thank god that he didn't suffer" Derrie Hunter, with Brother's Seafood, says.
Thursday was the first day back at work for Brother's employees, but it was anything but business as usual. "We do miss him, we do notice that and its going to take us a while, I don't think we'll ever get over the fact of not having him here in the restaurant because he's always going to be here in spirit and love and in our hearts" Hunter says.
Chapman, 49, died Tuesday after falling into the water from a boat tied to the dock at Melvin's Landing on Cross Lake.
Friends of Orlando Chapman, Sr. told KSLA News 12 that they were working on a boat when they heard a splash and Chapman was gone.
He was under water for 20 minutes before two divers with the Shreveport Fire Department were able to pull him out, and medics attempted CPR for several minutes before he was loaded into an ambulance. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Dr. Thoma has not yet specified what specific cardiac event, but that could include anything from a heart attack to a stroke.
Chapman's family says they will begin celebrating his life Friday at Praise Temple Baptist Church on Greenwood Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Chapman owned Brother's Seafood in Shreveport and Bossier.