GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) - Federal health officials say the death of a 79-year-old man earlier this year is linked to the outbreak of tuberculosis at a Greenwood County school, but he did not die of the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the man died in April at a Georgia hospital, and an autopsy determined he had tuberculosis.
Health officials say the man sang in a band with the janitor who is suspected of spreading germs around Ninety-Six Primary School.
The singer's family indicated the men performed together until December, when his already-deteriorating health rapidly declined.
He died of complications associated with respiratory distress syndrome.
The CDC report says state health officials found the singer through their investigation.
More than 50 students were infected with tuberculosis germs. None have developed symptoms.