Heart attack felled popular teacher | VailDaily.com

Heart attack felled popular teacher

Cliff Thompson

An autopsy conducted yesterday showed Silverman’s left coronary artery was 98 percent blocked by arteriosclerosis, said Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis.

Silverman, 34, also had an enlarged heart, she said. She ruled it was “a natural death.”

Bettis said there was also a history of heart disease in Silverman’s family.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek.

Silverman was a middle-school social-studies, civics and history teacher at the charter school. He is survived by his wife, Kari, and sons Canon, 3 and Tyler, 2.

Last winter, Silverman made headlines when he survived crashing into a remote grove of trees on Vail Mountain. He shattered a hip and was stranded for two hours on Vail’s Back Bowls before a passing skier found him.

Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555 ext 450 or cthompson@vaildaily.com

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