State rep. Jim Patterson dies of heart attack less than 24hrs after posting about heart problems on Facebook

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Less than 24 hours after posting about his heart on Facebook Sunday, Meridianville-Republican, state Rep. Jim Patterson died from a heart attack. He was 67.

Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon confirmed the news.

“A difficult day for all of America became even more difficult for those of us in the Alabama House who learned that our colleague, Rep. Jim Patterson of Merdianville, has passed away from a heart attack,” McCutcheon wrote in a Facebook post.

On Sunday, Patterson had posted on Facebook that he had a Monday cardiologist appointment for his heart and shortness of breath.

“To all my friends! I have a doctors appointment at 2:30 tomorrow to check my heart! I call my Cardiologist because I have got very short of breath! Please say a pray that he can find the problem and fix it! Thanks,” he wrote. 

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Patterson was first elected to the Alabama House in 2010. He represented Madison County.

Ivey thanked Patterson for his service to the state of Alabama on Twitter.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Carter Patterson, and their children.

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