Body found at Kailua home is of man who allegedly shot wife in hospital
By Mary Vorsino
Advertiser Staff Writer
Robert Yagi, the 71-year-old man charged with second-degree attempted murder after allegedly shooting his wife in her hospital bed, has died, the city Medical Examiner’s office confirmed this morning.
Yagi’s death is classified as an unattended death, pending further investigation.
A man was found dead yesterday at Yagi’s Kailua home, but officials could not confirm last night that the man who died was Yagi.
The Medical Examiner’s office said an autopsy on Yagi is scheduled for today to determine his cause of death.
Yagi was scheduled to make his initial court appearance tomorrow in a case that reignited the debate in the Islands over physician-assisted suicide and end-of-life care while also spurring hospitals to review their security policies.
On Thursday, police charged Yagi after he allegedly shot his wife, Leatrice, also 71, as she lay in her hospital bed Tuesday at Castle Medical Center.
Police said they believed Yagi attempted to kill his wife because she suffers from a terminal illness, according to a police affidavit filed in District Court.
Police alleged that Yagi tried to shoot his wife with a shotgun shell loaded into a flare gun and said they believed that Yagi also wanted to kill himself.
Leatrice Yagi suffered minor injuries in the shooting and remains in the hospital.
Yagi was released on $50,000 bail on Friday and Castle Medical Center banned him from visiting the hospital.