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Coroner: Attorney died of heart attack


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An attorney living in Columbus who collapsed unexpectedly over the weekend died of a heart attack, according to Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher.

Daniel Schuetz, 38, collapsed late Saturday morning while exercising inside 812 Cross Fit Center in the 25th Street Shopping Center.

Efforts to revive the attorney at the fitness center were unsuccessful. Schuetz was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead an hour after his collapse.

After meeting with family members early Sunday afternoon, Fisher said he was unaware of a history of heart disease with either Schuetz or other members of his family.

“It’s just one of those things you can’t predict,” said Fisher, who presided over an autopsy Sunday morning. “Thirty-eight is young, and it seems like a traumatic thing to a community when this happens to someone who is both young and fit. But it happens quite often.”

Columbus attorney R. Kent Witte said Schuetz, his former law partner, had not been feeling well and recently underwent a series of medical tests in Indianapolis.

“I was told they gave him a clean bill of health,” Witte said on Sunday.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, on March 14, 1974, Schuetz grew up in Johnson County where his father, Ronald Schuetz, still works as director of Hamilton Library at Franklin College.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Franklin College in 1997, Daniel Schuetz got his master’s of library science degree from Indiana University in 1999. He earned his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 2006.

In January 2007, he and his wife, Columbus native Kristin Fellerhoff Schuetz, moved to Bartholomew County where he joined the practice established by Witte.

“He really personified what an attorney should be,” Witte said. “Daniel was kind, caring, and a real peach of a guy.

Schuetz also was a frequent columnist for the She magazine, published by The Republic. He provided a humorous male perspective on social issues important to women. Witte said Schuetz was always able to display great wit in both his writing and in conversation.

“He was often the life of the party,” Witte said. “He was a real friend.”

While the attorney joined the Eggers Woods law firm in Franklin a few years ago, Witte said the Schuetz family, which includes young daughters, Gretta and Gabby, continued to live near Donner Park in Columbus.

Schuetz has served as a public defender in Bartholomew County for more than six years.

Funeral services are pending through Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home in Columbus.

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