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A state senator’s untimely death

Washington state Sen. Scott White was found dead in his hotel room over the weekend while attending a conference and the first reports of the death were vague as to the reason he died.

I felt guilty today -- when a Seattle PI story revealed he died from an undetected cardiac problem, an enlarged heart -- because of where my imagination first led me.

Over the past many years, there have been so many incidents of elected officials at conferences getting into trouble and the endings aren't good. Was it some partying gone horribly wrong? That was my first reaction.

But it wasn't that at all. And the married father of two was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.

His heart couldn't beat with him into what looked like a promising future. May he rest in peace.  

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