Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz died suddenly from cardiac arrest Thursday morning.
Kamenetz, 60, who served as a two-term county executive, died at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, according to the Baltimore County Government. Kamenetz reportedly began feeling sick around 2 a.m. and was immediately taken to the hospital, where he died at 3:22 a.m.
“Kamenetz was at his home in Owings Mills, asleep, when he awoke at about 2 a.m. and complained of feeling ill,” police said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun. “He was transported by the Garrison Fire Station’s Medic 19 to St. Joseph, where doctors pronounced him deceased at 3:22 a.m.”
All of Kamenetz family, friends and co-workers were reportedly shocked by the news.
“We are all in a state of shock,” his longtime aide and chief of staff Don Mohler said.
Mohler also said the county’s administrative officer Fred Homan will become “acting county executive effective immediately.”
There will be a briefing held at 11 a.m. at the Public Safety Building in Towson, Md., with more information on Kamenetz’s death.
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