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Jul 6, 2012 5:23 PM by Siera Santos

Ohio restaurant owner dies hours after Obama visit

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio restaurant owner who hosted President Barack Obama for breakfast became ill and died hours later.

The Summit County medical examiner's office in Akron says 70-year-old Josephine "Ann" Harris of Copley Township died Friday of natural causes. No autopsy was planned.

Forensic investigator Jason Grom says Harris became ill at home after the Obama visit. He says she went into cardiac arrest in the ambulance while en route to a hospital. She died in the late morning.

Several hours earlier she had hugged Obama when he showed up at her Ann's Place restaurant for breakfast.

The Akron Beacon Journal interviewed Harris after the president's visit and described her as ecstatic.

The breakfast stop kicked off the second day of a two-day campaign swing from the Toledo area to Pittsburgh.

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