Coroner: Lightning likely a factor in golf course death

Man stricken by lightening dies
Published: Jun. 8, 2011 at 8:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2011 at 4:57 PM CDT
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Jay Greenleaf (Source: Facebook)
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East Ridge Country Club, Shreveport
East Ridge Country Club, Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Friends, co-workers and family are stunned by the sudden death of Shreveport attorney Jay Greenleaf, who died Tuesday on a local golf course in what appears to be a freak weather-related accident.

49-year-old Jay Greenleaf collapsed on the fairway at the East Ridge Country Club around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, reportedly as a result of lightning in the area.

Management at East Ridge says Greenleaf was at the tee box on hole #7 when two lightning bolts were reportedly spotted in the area.  Greenleaf, who was by himself at the time, collapsed.  Witnesses say the force of the blow was so powerful it knocked the shoes off his feet. Several golfers rushed to his side and attempted CPR, but it was too late.

He was taken to Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital where he died from his injuries.

While Caddo Parish Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma says Greenleaf did not suffer a direct hit, it's believed his death was caused by the electro-magnetic energy released by the lightning.  Dr. Thoma says it tests will take several weeks to confirm.

Greenleaf was an attorney at Anderson Oil & Gas. Wednesday afternoon, the family-owned oil and gas exploration company released the following statement:

The Anderson family and employees of Anderson Oil and Gas are deeply saddened by the death of Jay Greenleaf.  Jay worked for Anderson from November 2001 to present. He served in various capacities before being named Chief Executive Officer. Jay will be missed not only for his tremendous management, financial, and legal abilities but also for his keen interest and concern for the well-being of the Anderson family and his fellow employees. He will be sorely missed.

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