State rep. found dead in his home

State Rep. Lea Fite (D)
State Rep. Lea Fite (D)

JACKSONVILLE, AL (WBRC) - Fox6 News has confirmed State Representative Lea Fite (D-Jacksonville) died today at his home in Jacksonville. He was 54.

Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown says Fite died at his home around 7:30 from what appears to be natural causes, most likely a heart attack. Brown says an autospy will be performed as standard procedure when a state legislator dies in office.

Fite was elected to the Alabama House in 2002 and was serving his second term.  He was due to run for re-election in 2010. The Jacksonville State University alumnus also co-owned the Food Outlet chain of grocery stores in Calhoun County.

Fite is survived by his wife and four children.

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