Florida man accused of infecting hundreds of thousands of people with citrus tree diseases dies in hospital

A Florida man suspected of infective citrus tree disease died Monday at a hospital in Orange County, the county’s medical examiner’s office said.

The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office said that Dr. Robert A. Landon, 79, died of a heart attack in his sleep at the Orange County Health Department, about a half-hour after his arrest Monday.

Landon was charged with the spread of the citrus tree pathogen, which causes an infection in humans, and the second-degree murder of a police officer, Broward police spokesman David McBride said.

Lenton is being held without bail.

The county’s Department of Public Health and the Orange Health Department were notified of Landon’s death at 10:50 p.m.


He was transported to the Orange Medical Center in West Palm Beach and was pronounced dead at 10 a.m., McBride told The Associated Press.

Larkins medical examiner did not immediately provide further details.

In the past, Landon had been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while suspended.