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 a photo to share with us? Email it to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE