A prominent Republican senator has passed away following a medical emergency


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en Stevens, a former Republican president of the Alaska Senate, has died after collapsing during a hike with his wife.

Alaska State Troopers said in a news release that Stevens was hiking on a trail in the Chugach National Forest.

The Alaska State Troopers said they responded to a report Thursday night from a hiker who experienced a medical emergency on the Lost Lake Trail near Seward. The hiker was later identified as Stevens, the soldiers said. The soldiers’ statement said that a medical service arrived on the scene at 6:41 pm and that “the life-saving measures were not successful”.

Stevens’ body was transported to Anchorage and his family was informed, the soldiers said.

The sudden & tragic passing of Ben Stevens is a tremendous loss for Alaska. Ben was one of the sharpest political minds around & had a deep historical knowledge of how our state has come to be today,” Mayor Dan Bronson wrote. 

Ben’s unexpected passing will be felt across all of Alaska. He was a friend of mine and a valued leader of our state. I’m glad to have just had lunch with Ben on Wednesday. I will cherish that time with him,” former US Rep for Alaska Mary Peltora wrote on her social media. 



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