America

Ohio Restaurant Owner Dies Hours After Serving Breakfast To President

An Akron, Ohio, restaurant owner who served President Obama a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast this morning died just a few hours later of natural causes.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Josephine "Ann" Harris, 70, complained of fatigue and a tingling sensation before she died on Friday.

According to the paper:

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. This was Obama's first stop on the second day of a bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania.

"I'm sure this was her highlight," said Frankie Adkins, Harris' sister, who lives in Tulsa, Okla., and heard about her sister's sudden death from family members. "She loved Obama."

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.

Harris was pronounced dead at 11:18 a.m., the paper said

A White House spokesman said he was aware of the reports and called Harris' death "very sad news."

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.