A veteran American Airlines flight attendant died suddenly on Sunday while working on a flight along with his wife.
The airline announced the passing of Joseph ‘Joe’ Tormes, 61, in a letter to its employees on Monday.
‘We know that many of you worked with Joe and know you will miss him deeply,” the carrier said in the statement shared with DailyMai.com on Thursday.
Tormes, who was based in St Louis, Missouri, was working on the flight with his wife, Elsa Jett-Tormes, when he experienced a medical emergency.
Steward Joe Tormes was working on an American Airlines flight with his wife, Elsa (pictured together in Paris), when he died from a heart attack
The flight that Tormes was on landed at St Louis Lambert International Airport early Sunday
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 flight had spent 25 minutes performing CPR on the steward.
A spokesperson for the airline said the flight Tormes died on originated in Indianapolis and landed at St. Louis Lambert International Airport at 8.05am. It then took off for Dallas/Fort Worth just before 2pm with a new crew.
Tormes had worked for American Airlines for 20 years. According to his obituary, prior to joining the carrier he served in the US Coast Guard and earned a college degree in horticulture.
Tormes (top right) had worked for American Airlines for 20 years. According to his obituary, prior to joining the carrier, he served in the US Coast Guard
American Airlines announced the news of Tormes’ passing in a letter to its employees
Tormes is survived by his wife, Elsa, his stepson, Brandon, and his granddaughter. The couple would have celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary next week.
‘Joe’s thoughtful, caring, loving, and humble nature was a constant source of strength for his loved ones,’ read the obituary. ‘He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.’