State Rep Tragedy

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A freshman state representative is dead after suffering a heart attack.

A legislative assistant says State Representative Jerry Kratz was stricken while working out on a treadmill Tuesday night.

The 69-year-old Republican representative from Grass Lake was taken to a hospital but couldn't be revived.

Kratz' death lowers the number of Republicans in the state House to 62. Democrats hold 47 seats.

Gov. Granholm will have to call a special election to fill the vacancy.