Son of former Ramsey County sheriff dies at 26 in Calif.

The son of former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher died Saturday at a hospital in California days after suffering a heart attack on his 26th birthday. Kyle Fletcher is also a musician, and his band, Buckthorn Brothers, was supposed to play Wednesday at the Cabooze in Minneapolis. They had several other shows on the books this summer, too.

His sister, Kelsey Adams, told the Star Tribune his family flew out to Los Angeles to be with Fletcher, who was declared brain dead and then taken off life support. His organs and tissue were donated, per his wishes. Family said his heart attack was unexpected as he had been clean for several years. The cause of the heart attack remains unclear, but he was a smoker, they said.

At Mattie's on Main, the music is tinged with sadness. As friends of Fletcher say his talent and personality always left an impression.

On his website, Fletcher's style is described as everything from bluegrass, to funk and rock and roll. It's always difficult when someone so young passes away. But in Fletcher's case, friends say it's that much more painful, a man with so much potential after overcoming so much. In 2006, his dad, the sheriff at the time, got his son arrested for drug possession and called him out publicly for his addiction, but his family members said after a stint in juvenile detention and rehab, it saved his life, and over the years, they became closer through the experience.

Fletcher lived with his fiancée in Los Angeles and spent lots of time in the Twin Cities. He is survived by his sister, Kelsey, his father, mother Linda Bishop Kowitz, stepmother Kris and brothers Logan and Bobby.

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