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HOUSTON (AP) _ John Clifford Baxter, a former vice chairman for Enron Corp., was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head early Friday in a car in a southwest Houston suburb in an apparent suicide.

``We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Cliff Baxter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,'' the company said in a statement.

Spokesman Mark Palmer had no additional comment.

Baxter, 43, was vice chairman of Enron when he resigned in May 2001.