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Kane County Coroner Chuck West Dies After Transplant Complications

West passed away shortly after midnight on July 4. He was 69.

Kane County Coroner Chuck West has died, his family said through a prepared statement on Wednesday given to Yurs Funeral Homes.

West, 69, passed away shortly after midnight on July 4 following complications from a liver transplant, said the statement.

Visitation for West will be this Sunday, July 8, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the St. Charles Yurs Funeral Home location, 405 E. Main St. (corner of Rt. 64 and Rt. 25) in St. Charles, said Jim Diorio, owner of the funeral home.

There will likely be a funeral service on Monday, July 9, or sometime thereafter. The family will continue to finalize the arrangements on Thursday.

His family “thanks his countless friends and supporters for their kindness and prayers this past year,” the statement said.

West suffered from nonalcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, the Daily Herald reports.

West battled his health issues, but they later prevented him from performing his coroner duties and attending hearings for a misconduct trial.

West’s June transplant appeared to be successful at first, but things took a turn for the worst recently, Attorney Gary Johnson told Patch on Wednesday.

for allowing an employee to take a TV from the Carpentersville home of a man who had died.

West also  that claims he and deputies tried to "compel" a whistleblower to resign.

In late March 2011, Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay . Since then West had said that he did not plan to run for reelection.

A deputy coroner took over for West during his leave for surgery, the Kane County Chronicle reports. An interim coroner will be appointed in the near future.

West was in his third term as coroner, the Chronicle’s story said. He also served as a deputy coroner, paramedic and grief counselor, according to the Herald’s story.

West was an Elgin resident.

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CountyLeaks July 07, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Will the truth ever come out of the investigation and prosecution of Chuck West? None of this has ever come out in the mainstream news, yet it is all backed up with government records. http://countyleaks.blogspot.com/2011/06/meanwhiledown-in-kane-county.html
Holy Moly!!! July 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM
So, an educated man, who spent his life working in professions to better society and serve the public, is accused of making a couple of errors in judgment, becomes VERY ILL, and DIES....and we are discussing this publicly only days after his death and very close to his funeral. This is very poor timing, and it's a shame that this was published while family and friends are going through the grieving process.
CountyLeaks July 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Holy Moly, What is shameful is that certain people conspired to get rid of Chuck West, which needlessly tormented him the past three years. It is time for the truth to finally come out.
lablover July 09, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I am on your side Holy Moly.......while we may never know the truth behind the allegations against West, the comment CountyLeaks makes is tasteless. The man just died, let his family grieve first.
CountyLeaks July 10, 2012 at 02:05 AM
lablover, This article discusses Chuck West's indictment and legal problems, so I'm responding to the substance. If you have an issue with the content of the article, you should address your concerns to the Patch. Further, my blog piece is in support of Mr. West and the truth.

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