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Friday, October 13, 2006

Framingham Rep. Blumer dies of apparent heart attack

FRAMINGHAM

State Rep. Deborah D. Blumer (D-Framingham) died this morning after suffering an apparent heart attack while driving in Framingham, authorities said.

Blumer was pronounced dead at 11:35 a.m., said Beth Donnelly, a hospital spokeswoman. An official cause of death was unavailable.

Framingham Police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said Blumer's 2004 Acura ran off of Dudley Road near Loring Arena around 10:15 this morning and struck a guard rail after she suffered an apparent heart attack. A nearby police officer used an automatic defibrillator and performed CPR at the scene, but the lawmaker never regained consciousness, authorities said.

Blumer was running unopposed for a fourth term representing the Sixth Middlesex District.

-- John C. Drake

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