Coroner: Hutchinson lawmaker died from natural causes

Posted: Updated:
SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -

A coroner says Rep. Patsy Terrell of Hutchinson died of natural causes.

   Terrell, a Democrat, was found dead June 7 in a Topeka hotel room.

   The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Shawnee County Coroner Charles Glenn said Thursday Terrell had "significant medical problems" consistent with her death.

 

Previous story:

Five people say they are interested in completing the legislative term of the late Rep. Patsy Terrell.

Terrell, a Democrat from Hutchinson, died June 7 in Topeka. Democratic precinct committee members will choose a nominee June 21. Gov. Sam Brownback will formally appoint the replacement.

The Hutchinson News reports the five who expressed interest at a Reno County Democratic Party gathering Wednesday are Jim Clark, former union steward and volunteer coordinator for Terrell's campaign; Charles Johnston, producing director at Stage 9; Glenn Owen, former school principal and current paraprofessional; Jason Probst, Opinion/Sunday editor at The News; and Luann Trummel Wellborn, an attorney.

Community remembers representative found dead

Terrell's two-year term ends in January 2019 but party leaders hope the winner will run for a full term next year.
 

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE