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Leila Littlejohn, a veteran journalist, died in her sleep on Sunday morning at her home in Florida, according to the family.

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Her older sister, Lucinda Baker, said the cause of death was related to a genetic anomaly inherited from her ancestors.

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A genetic anomaly causes an enlargement of the aorta, and in late June, heart surgery was performed for Littlejohn.

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Baker said, "As far as we can tell, his cause of death is not directly related to him,

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had probably died of an embolism in the brain or heart. "She fell asleep and died

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Baker said his family was unsure about funeral plans because his family was scattered.

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However, she did mention that they might consider a funeral service in Southern California.

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Baker said Littlejohn would be laid to rest with his parents.

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According to Baker, Littlejohn moved to Florida from her home in Canyon Country about five years ago.

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Baker said, "I'm here in Florida to be with her before the surgery, and she was making good progress,

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Along with exercise and so much more." "It was a total shock when she left on Sunday morning."

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Baker described Littlejohn as a "great storyteller" and said she liked to be involved where she was.