Former Okla state rep Tim Pope collapses, dies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A friend and colleague of former state Rep.
Tim Pope, who left the Legislature to make an unsuccessful run for
state labor commissioner in 2002, says Pope has died at the age of
52.
Randy Terrill, a current member of the House, said Pope
collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack Sunday in the
backyard of his home in suburban Oklahoma City. Terrill said Pope
had gone out to feed a small collection of farm animals, and his
wife, LaDonna, found his body later.
Terrill, like Pope a Republican, said Pope served 14 years in
the Legislature before his run for labor commissioner.
In 2009, Pope pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of aiding
and abetting a political contribution in excess of the legal $5,000
limit. His case stemmed from a state investigation of allegations
that former Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart received
illegal campaign contributions.
Funeral arrangements are pending.


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