The state medical examiner's office has ruled the death of a 59-year-old artist in Fairfield an accidental drowning.
Nikolay Papp's body was found Saturday morning in the Ash Creek marsh. Police say Papp left his Fairfield home for a walk Friday evening and had been drinking heavily. Police say he was face down in the water and there were no signs of trauma.
The Connecticut Post reports that the medical examiner's office ruled Thursday that Papp died from asphyxia caused by accidental drowning.
Papp was a native of Ukraine and immigrated to the United States in 1990. In 1994, President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton presented Papp's oil painting "Sunflowers in the Breadth of the Morning" to Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma and his wife in Washington.
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