Diabetes, not foul play, is suspected. The state of Georgia recognized Jewell’s life-saving actions before he died:
A year ago this month, Jewell was commended by Gov. Sonny Perdue at an event marking the 10th anniversary of the bombing.
“The bottom line is this: His actions saved lives that day,” said Perdue. “Mr. Jewell, on behalf of Georgia, we want to thank you for keeping Georgians safe and doing your job during the course of those Games.”
Jewell, his voice choked with emotion, responded:
“I never sought to be a hero. I have always viewed myself as just one of the many trained professionals who simply did his or her job that tragic night. I wish I could have done more.”
Last year USA Today took a look back at the mainstream media lynching that nearly destroyed his life.