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The 61-year-old flight attendant of American Airlines dies of a heart attack during a flight with his wife

The 61-year-old American Airlines flight attendant dies of a heart attack while working on a flight with his wife

  • Joe Tormes worked with his wife on the American Airlines flight when he died of a heart attack, according to a source
  • The Indianapolis flight landed in St Louis early Sunday and left with a new crew for Dallas in the afternoon
  • Tormes had been with the courier for 20 years; Before joining American Airlines, he worked with the US Coast Guard

An experienced American Airlines flight attendant died suddenly on Sunday while working on a flight with his wife.

The airline announced the death of Joseph “Joe” Tormes, 61, in a letter to its employees on Monday.

“We know many of you have worked with Joe and know you will miss him very much,” the courier said in the statement Thursday with DailyMai.com.

Based in St Louis, Missouri, Tormes was on the run with his wife, Elsa Jett-Tormes, when he experienced a medical emergency.

Flight attendant Joe Tormes was working on an American Airlines flight with his wife, Elsa (pictured together in Paris) when he died of a heart attack

Flight attendant Joe Tormes was working on an American Airlines flight with his wife, Elsa (pictured together in Paris) when he died of a heart attack

The flight with Tormes landed at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday morning

The flight with Tormes landed at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday morning

The flight with Tormes landed at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday morning

A source told DailyMail.com that Tormes died of a heart attack. A friend of the deceased wrote in a recent Facebook comment that someone on the run had performed CPR on the flight attendant for 25 minutes.

An airline spokesman said the flight on which Tormes died originated in Indianapolis and landed at St. Louis Lambert International Airport at 8:35 am. It then left for Dallas / Fort Worth just before 2:00 PM with a new crew.

Tormes has worked for American Airlines for 20 years. According to his death notice, before joining the airline, he served with the United States Coast Guard and earned a college degree in horticulture.

Tormes (top right) worked for American Airlines for 20 years. According to his death notice, he served with the U.S. Coast Guard before joining the courier

Tormes (top right) worked for American Airlines for 20 years. According to his death notice, he served with the U.S. Coast Guard before joining the courier

Tormes (top right) worked for American Airlines for 20 years. According to his death notice, he served with the U.S. Coast Guard before joining the courier

American Airlines announced the news of Tormes' death in a letter to its employees

American Airlines announced the news of Tormes' death in a letter to its employees

American Airlines announced the news of Tormes’ death in a letter to its employees

Tormes is survived by his wife, Elsa, his stepson, Brandon and his granddaughter. The couple would celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary next week.

“Joe’s thoughtful, caring, loving, and humble character was a constant source of strength for his loved ones,” the obituary read. “He will be very much missed by everyone who knew and loved him.”

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