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Police: Husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris dead of apparent suicide

Police in Sarasota, Fla., reported early today (Nov. 19) that the husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was found dead of an apparent suicide in the couple’s home.

Police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said Harris’ husband, Anders Ebbeson, committed suicide.

Officers were called to the home after 7:30 a.m.

A news conference followed at the police station. The Rev. William Hild of Sarasota First Baptist Church also said that Ebbeson had taken his own life.

Ebbeson was a Swedish businessman. Hild, the family’s pastor, said Ebbeson suffered from health issues in recent years.

Harris served in the U.S. House and also as Florida’s Secretary of State. She became a national household name for her controversial role in recounting the 2000 presidential vote in Florida, which delivered the White House to George W. Bush. Harris was a major supporter of the Republican president.

Harris retired from politics after losing a U.S. Senate race to Democrat Bill Nelson in 2006.