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August 30, 2012
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Miller twins died of natural causes

Patricia and Joan Miller, the twin sisters who were found dead in their South Lake Tahoe home in February, died of natural causes, police said Thursday.

The Millers were once entertainers who made several television appearances. They lived in South Lake Tahoe for nearly 40 years, but often shunned their neighbors. Police found one sister in a bedroom and the other in a hallway during a routine welfare check on Feb. 26. They were 73.

Detectives reached out to the press and public to try to locate their next of kin and found cousins who said they hadn't heard from the twins in years.

After reviewing pathology reports and evidence from the Miller residence, investigators concluded that the sisters died of natural causes, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. A pathology report concluded Patricia Miller died of coronary artery disease and Joan Miller, who relied heavily on her sister for care, died of probable environmental hypothermia, police said.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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