When Suzanne Crough died suddenly in her Nevada home, the cause was as mysterious as it was sudden.
Four months later, the Clark County coroner has determined what led to Suzanne’s death — a rare heart disorder with an unknown cause, Fox News reported.
As a child, Crough played the youngest child in The Partridge Family, the tambourine-playing, freckle-face Tracy. Her days in Hollywood were brief, and in recent years, she lived a more normal life.
The disorder that caused Crough’s death is called arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, which is a form of cardiomyopathy, or chronic disease of the heart muscle.
According to the American Heart Association, this particular disorder occurs when the muscle dies in the right ventricle and is replaced with scar tissue. As a result, the ventricle doesn’t contract well, making makes it harder for the heart to pump blood, the Daily Mail added.
This breakdown interrupts the heart’s electrical signals and leads to arrhythmias, which in turn cause palpitations and fainting. About one in 5,000 people suffer from ARVD, and though doctors really don’t know what causes it, they believe it’s inherited.
Interestingly, teens and young adults usually suffer from the disorder, and it has been known to cause sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes
Suzanne Crough was only 52 when she died. The cause of death was officially deemed natural, the Wrap — which first reported the news — added.
She’s left behind a loving family, including a husband, William Condray, who said that he and Suzanne were approaching their 30th wedding anniversary when she passed away.
Crough also had two daughters, Samantha and Alexandra, and a 1-year-old granddaughter, Evelena.
“(Suzanne) was madly in love with her granddaughter,” Condray said.
Following Crough’s time on The Partridge Family and a few other appearances in TV shows, including Mulligan’s Stew, Suzanne stepped away from the limelight after a 1980 film called Children of Divorce.
She appeared on the Today show with her former co-stars in 2010 and said she worked at Office Max as a manager. Years before that, in 1993, she told People that “there is life after acting.”
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