A 51-year-old man has become the fourth person in Pinellas County to die as a result of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.
According to the Pinellas County Health Department, the man had "underlying health conditions." The agency was notified of his death Monday. No other information was released. As of Sept. 9, there have been 77 H1N1-related deaths in Florida.
* * *
Gibbons endorses Foster for mayor
Former mayoral hopeful Deveron Gibbons endorsed mayoral candidate Bill Foster on Tuesday, a move that could help Foster win the city's highly coveted black vote.
"I believe, after talking to both candidates, Bill Foster is the one who can lead us forward," said Gibbons, who finished third in the primary.
Gibbons made his remarks at a thank-you party for supporters at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
The majority of black voters supported Gibbons, the only black mayoral candidate, in the primary.
Foster faces former council member Kathleen Ford in the November general election.