Loretta Fuddy, director of Hawaii's Department of Health. She died Wednesday. Hawaii Department of Health/AP hide caption itoggle caption Hawaii Department of Health/AP The Two-Way Hawaiian Official Who Released Obama's Birth Certificate Dies In Crash December 12, 2013 Loretta Fuddy was director of Hawaii's Health Department. In 2011, she verified the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. So-called birthers had questioned where he was born. Fuddy was killed Wednesday in the crash of a small plane off the island of Molokai.