Tea Party candidate Rick Beebe dies from stroke

12:40 PM, May 3, 2012   |    comments
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SEBRING, Florida (AP) - Officials in Highlands County say supervisor of elections candidate Rick Beebe suffered a massive stroke and died during a Tea Party forum at a local restaurant.

Highlands Today reports 52-year-old Beebe had just finished the interview session Tuesday when he started sweating, passed out and fell from his chair at Homer's Smorgasbord in Sebring.

The newspaper reports a paramedic and a nurse in the crowd tried to survive him. He was pronounced dead at Florida Hospital a short time later.

Highlands Tea Party President Jack Nelson says Beebe was the only candidate who received two or three rounds of applause on his answers Tuesday night.

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