The New York police said officials responded to a 911 call to a residence in Harlem and found a man identified as DeFour unconsciously and not responding. There were no obvious signs of trauma, police said and the physician determined the cause of death.
DeFour participated in a ceremony last month to rename a Harlem post office to honor the Tuskegee Airmen, reported CNN affiliate WABC.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aircraft in the US service corps. They practiced at the Tuskegee Army Airfield in Macon County, Alabama.
“I regret that many of my comrades are no longer here with us,” says DeFour, according to WABC. “It will mean it’s recognition for Tuskegee Airmen and it’s very important.”
The group was generally said to include pilots, navigators, bombers, maintenance and support staff who went through a US Army Air Corps training program to get African Americans in the struggle, according to Tuskegee Airmen Inc., a group dedicated to the airline’s history.
DeFour was a flight technician during World War II, WABC said. After the war he worked for the US Postal Service for 33 years.