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Erik D. Heidemann, an assistant professor in Kent State University's political science department, died unexpectedly Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center in Canton.
He was 35.
Vicki Fleming, administrative assistant for the Stark County Coroner, said it will be several weeks before a cause of death is officially determined.
However, she said preliminary findings indicate Heidemann died from an aortic aneurism.
"This appears to have been a natural death, and there were no signs of foul play noted on external examination or during autopsy," Fleming said.
Heidemann had just begun his second year at KSU this semester where he was teaching American politics, political methods and a course on Congress.
"Almost all of them were filled to capacity, which shows how well the students regarded him," said Andrew Barnes, chair of KSU's political science department.
Barnes notified students of Heidemann's death via email Wednesday. Heidemann's classes were canceled the remainder of the week and will resume Monday.
According to Heidemann's KSU profile, the Idaho native joined the university last fall. He earned his bachelor's and master's in public administration from Boise State University and earned his doctorate in political science from The Ohio State University.
Heidemann specialized in studies of political parties, elections and mass political behavior.
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