Connecticut mourns sudden death of state lawmaker

March 15, 2019

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state flags are flying at half-staff to honor a state lawmaker who died suddenly.

Gov. Ned Lamont says Democratic state Rep. Ezequiel Santiago “was a man who truly loved public service and his hometown of Bridgeport.”

Friend and state Rep. Chris Rosario tells the Connecticut Post that Santiago had a heart attack Friday morning. He was 45.

Santiago was raised in Bridgeport and first served on the City Council before being elected to the General Assembly a decade ago.

Santiago, known to his friends as “Zeke,” was chairman of the Banking Committee and sat on the Appropriations and Commerce committees.

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits) said she was “profoundly saddened” to learn of Santiago’s death.

State flags will stay lowered until the day of burial, which has not been determined.