Garden Isle's Mayor Dies Of Apparent Heart Attack:
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Kauai Mayor Bryan Baptiste, 52, died Sunday afternoon of an apparent heart attack, county officials said.
Paramedics went to Baptiste's home in Wailua and took him to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where he died.
The mayor had just returned from major heart surgery on Oahu. Baptiste had quadruple bypass heart surgery on June 13 at Queen's Medical Center He was discharged from the hospital on Friday and returned to Kauai Saturday night, officials said.
"This is sad news. Mayor Baptiste will be truly missed. He had a pointed sense of humor that made everyone listen carefully to what he said. We had a wonderful relationship and I will really miss him. My heart goes out to his family as they deal with his unexpected passing. I respected his commitment to the people of Kauai, and his absence on the Hawaii Council of Mayors will be felt by many," Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares said in a written statement.
The Kauai County charter provides that the County Council meet and appoint a new mayor who will serve temporarily until the election in June. The Council met twice yesterday and will meet again today. It will be interesting to see who gets appointed. Mayor Baptiste will be missed by so many people whose lives he touched!
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