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Wash. state Sen. White died of cardiac problem

This undated photo provided by the Washington State Legislature shows Washington state Sen. Scott White. White, a transit advocate who quickly rose to a leadership position in the Legislature, was found dead Friday Oct. 21, 2011 in a Cle Elum Washington hotel room. He was 41. White spokeswoman Dana Robinson Slote said late Friday she did not immediately have information on the cause of death. This undated photo provided by the Washington State Legislature shows Washington state Sen. Scott White. White, a transit advocate who quickly rose to a leadership position in the Legislature, was found dead Friday Oct. 21, 2011 in a Cle Elum Washington hotel room. He was 41. White spokeswoman Dana Robinson Slote said late Friday she did not immediately have information on the cause of death. (AP Photo/Washington State Legislature)
October 24, 2011

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.—A coroner says Washington state Sen. Scott White died over the weekend of a cardiac problem.

Kittitas County Deputy Coroner Paul R. Sander said Sunday night that an autopsy and investigation showed the problem was linked to a previously undiagnosed enlarged heart.

The 41-year-old politician was found dead Friday at a Washington resort hotel where he was attending a conference.

Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana said there was no sign of foul play but authorities investigated because White's death was unexplained.

the Democrat represented the state's 46th District, covering northern parts of Seattle. He joined the Senate last year and rose to serve as the Senate's majority whip, advocating for transit issues as a caucus transportation leader. He worked most recently as a project manager at the University of Washington.

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