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Senate President Ken Pruitt's son dies

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Senate President Ken Pruitt's 29-year old son and namesake has died in Tallahassee. The police say it's a "cardiac incident." Tallahassee Police Department Investigator John Creamer had said the death looked like an accidental overdose. But later, he said the department is going to await a toxicology report before ruling it an overdose. "There are no signs of foul-play or any crime."

The police department got the call at 1:01 a.m. this morning. The younger Pruitt had been at a friend's house and one of his friend's made the call.

The Senate President is on his way to Tallahassee.

“President Pruitt’s eldest son died in Tallahassee early this morning. Details are still emerging regarding the circumstances of his passing. President Pruitt and his family appreciate the thoughts and prayers of friends and family during this difficult time. The enormity of the loss of Ken Jr. is indescribable. During this time of grief, the family is asking that their privacy be honored and respected," according to a statement from Kathy Mears, spokeswoman for Senate President Ken Pruitt.

Gov. Charlie Crist released this statement: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Senate President Ken Pruitt and his family today. My heart goes out to the Pruitts as they deal with this tragic loss."

Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller issued the following statement: “On behalf of the entire Senate Democratic Caucus, I offer my deepest sympathies to Senate President Ken Pruitt and his family. It is difficult for any parent to imagine the insufferable loss of a child and our hearts go out to Senator Pruitt. Our prayers for the Pruitt Family join those of the entire Senate. We wish them much strength through this tragedy and offer our support in any way we can.”

House Speaker Marco Rubio said: “Words cannot express the sadness I felt upon hearing today’s terrible news, or the grief I feel for my friend Ken Pruitt. Jeanette and I pray that God bring peaceful rest to his son, and comfort to the Pruitt family.  My colleagues and our families throughout the Florida House of Representatives ask all Floridians to join us in keeping President Pruitt, his son, and the Pruitt family in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:57pm]

    

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