GAMBLE, Eddie Glen

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GAMBLE, Eddie Glen (1905-1959) died of a heart attack after catching the jackpot yellowtail while fishing at Santa Catalina Island on July 23, 1959.

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July 24, 1959 [Independent, Long Beach]: “Wins Boat Jackpot, Falls Dead. A 54-year-old angler died from an apparent heart attack Thursday aboard the sport fishing boat, Fisherman, minutes after he caught a 49-1/4-pound yellowtail which won the jackpot for the day. Eddie Glen Gamble of West Los Angeles was pronounced dead by Deputy County Coroner Henry C. Ehrenkranz, who met the boat at Pacific Landing. Gamble was stricken off Catalina Island. Earlier he had presented Capt. Eddie McEwen, 2550 Canal Ave., skipper of the Fisherman, with a metal plaque, which reads: "Lord grant this day that I catch a fish so large that even I in speaking of it afterward, shall have no need to lie." Gamble then brought in the huge fish. After the 30-minute battle with it he complained to McEwan of a pain in his chest. The captain got some pills out of Gamble's tackle box, but the fisherman collapsed. The body is at a Santa Monica mortuary where a coroner's examination is pending.”

July 30, 1959 [The Catalina Islander]: “Fisherman dies off Church Rock. Eddie Glen Gamble, 54, of 816 Amherst Avenue, West Los Angeles, died of a heart attack at 11 a.m. Thursday, in Catalina waters off Church Rock. Death came only minutes after he had landed a near record 50-lb. yellowtail. Mr. Gamble, a Santa Monica automobile dealer, was aboard the sports cruiser Fisherman operating out of Pacific Landing, Long Beach. Eddie Erwin, owner of the boat, said that the fisherman collapsed after he brought the fish aboard following a 30-minute struggle. Dr. Robert Staff rushed to the scene and pronounced the man dead. He was returned to Pacific Landing, where Deputy Coroner Henry Ehrenkranz was awaiting. His body was taken to a Santa Monica mortuary.”