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Ohio Restaurant Owner Dies Hours After Serving Breakfast To President

An Akron, Ohio, restaurant owner who served President Obama a breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast this morning died just a few hours later of natural causes.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Josephine "Ann" Harris, 70, complained of fatigue and a tingling sensation before she died on Friday.

According to the paper:

Harris, just a few hours before, had the honor of meeting — and hugging — Obama when he stopped at her family's restaurant, Ann's Place, on South Hawkins Avenue for breakfast. This was Obama's first stop on the second day of a bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania.

"I'm sure this was her highlight," said Frankie Adkins, Harris' sister, who lives in Tulsa, Okla., and heard about her sister's sudden death from family members. "She loved Obama."

Obama stopped in Ann's Place for breakfast about 8:30 a.m. Harris was ecstatic about his visit when a Beacon Journal reporter spoke to her shortly afterward.

Harris was pronounced dead at 11:18 a.m., the paper said

A White House spokesman said he was aware of the reports and called Harris' death "very sad news."

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Scott Neuman is a reporter and editor, working mainly on breaking news for NPR's digital and radio platforms.