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As details emerge, friends look back on life of Bill Wright

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - New details are beginning to emerge on the death of Kalamazoo businessman and philanthropist Bill Wright.

Friends of Wright told Newschannel 3 that Wright died of heart failiure.

Meanwhile, deputies in Lee County, Florida have released their report on the investigation into Wright's death in Florida this past weekend.

The four page report describes what happened when deputies went to Wright's Fort Myers home on Saturday afternoon.

Deputies were called to the scene by Wright's wife to check on him, and were able to use a key hidden on the outside of the house to get in.

Inside, the two deputies reported they called they were with the sheriff's office, didn't get any response, and then found Wright lying on the floor in the kitchen.

They described him as blue and not breathing.

Deputies began CPR until first responder arrived, and took Wright to the hospital, where he later died.

The Sheriff's office says it is investigating the death, which is routine procedure in a case like this.

They say the results of an autopsy won't be finished for several weeks.

Wright is being remembered in West Michigan for all his work helping abused and neglected kids through the Wright For Kids Foundation, and for what friends describe as his unlimited generosity.

"He did great for the community; all the people he touched, and I think they felt like I felt about Bill: if I needed something, I could call Bill and he'd help me," said Curt Wiser, a friend and collaborator of Wright's. "And there were people all over the community who felt like that."

Wright's family is meeting to finalize funeral plans.

They say the funeral will most likely be held on Saturday in Kalamazoo.