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Hours After Meeting Obama, Ohio Restaurant Owner Dies (Updated: White House Responds)

3:16 PM, Jul 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Akron Beacon Journal reports: 

The owner of an Akron restaurant where President Barack Obama stopped for breakfast this morning died, apparently of a heart attack, shortly after meeting him.

Josephine “Ann” Harris, 70, of Copley Township, was taken by ambulance to Akron General Medical Center after complaining of fatigue and a tingling feeling. She was pronounced dead at 11:18 a.m., according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Harris, just a few hours before, had the honor of meeting — and hugging — Obama when he stopped at her family’s restaurant, Ann’s Place, on South Hawkins Avenue for breakfast. ...

Obama stopped in Ann’s Place for breakfast about 8:30 a.m. Harris was ecstatic about his visit when a Beacon Journal reporter spoke to her shortly afterward.

UPDATE: The White House responds, via the pool report: 

Carney said POTUS, from Air Force One, phoned Wilma Parsons, the daughter of Josephine "Ann" Harris, the owner of the Ann's Place restaurant in Akron, which POTUS visited this morning. Harris died hours after the presidential visit. 

Harris was not there when pool was inside the restaurant, but Carney said she met with POTUS afterward. 

"The president expressed his sorrow and his [condolences]. Very sad event, he was honored to meet her this morning and passed on his feelings that the whole family is in his thoughts and prayers today." 

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