Longtime Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce member Art Gronsky died Friday. He was 87.
Gronsky, a former Newport Beach Citizen of the Year and a frequent volunteer at community events, fell ill while on vacation in Alaska and was reportedly in a coma ever since. A spokeswoman for Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage confirmed Friday morning that Gronsky was in critical condition, but declined to discuss the nature of his illness or how long he had been in the hospital.
Wally Ziglar, a longtime friend who has been in touch with Gronsky’s companion by phone, said the Balboa resident had fallen ill on Monday and not regained consciousness.