UPDATE: BCSO Deputy Dies On Duty; Natural Causes

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UPDATE: GLASGOW, KY (WBKO) -- We have an update to the story of Barren County Deputy Sheriff Ernest Franklin's death.

The Barren County Deputy Coroner says Franklin died of natural causes as he was driving his car. This goes along with an oral report that lists the suspected cause of death as hypertensive heart disease. The National Library of Medicine defines that as heart problems caused by high blood pressure.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Franklin's vehicle swerved off highway 90 on Wednesday, hit an embankment and a tree stump, then landed in a pond.

Deputy Franklin had been with the Barren County Sheriff's Department since 2006.

A Barren County Sheriff's Deputy died while on duty.

"He touched a lot of lives. He was a great friend, just a great person," said Kent Keen, Barren County Sheriff.

Sheriff's Deputy, Ernest Franklin, was killed in an automobile accident on Wednesday. Deputy Franklin was hired by Barren County Sheriff's Department in 2006, and worked serving papers.

"Deputy Franklin was a very loyal employee. He was very jovial, very excited about his job. He looked forward to work every day," said Kent Keen, Barren County Sheriff.

Deputy Franklin was traveling east, on Highway 90, before his car swerved off the right side of the road. Kentucky State Police say he then hit an embankment and a tree stump. His car landed inside of a pond.

Kentucky State Police is investigating this accident. Police have yet to determine why Deputy Franklin drove off the road.

"Deputy Franklin had an autopsy conducted today and the results are not in yet. Once that information is available, we will get that out to you," said Jonathan Biven, Kentucky State Police Trooper.

Deputy Franklin is remembered by his colleagues.

"We are terribly saddened about the loss of Deputy Franklin. We're going to miss him deeply," said Kent Keen, Barren County Sheriff.

No one else was injured during the accident.

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