COPY-Houston County sheriff candidate dies

DOTHAN, Ala. The Republican candidate for Houston County sheriff was found dead in his home from apparent natural causes this morning.

Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd says 55-year-old Edward Charles Gibson was found dead by a neighbor.Byrd says the neighbor had not seen him recently and wanted to check on him. When he didn't answer the door at this Dothan home, the neighbor called 9-1-1.Gibson was found dead in his recliner. Byrd says he appeared to have died 12 hours earlier.Gibson campaigned as the - quote -- "Just Because" candidate, and said he'd encourage residents to apply for concealed weapons permits.Although Gibson had said his life had been threatened to stop his campaign, Byrd says there wasn't evidence of foul play. He had been treated for prostate cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.The local G-O-P says it will pick another candidate for the ballot.

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