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UPDATE: No Sign Of Foul Play In Senator's Death

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Authorities say there is no evidence of foul play in the death of Washington state Sen. Scott White. Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana said in a statement Friday night that the death remains unexplained and that authorities are investigating.

White was 41 years old and was discovered by housekeeping staff after he failed to check out of his hotel room at the Suncadia Resort. An autopsy is being arranged.

White was a young lawmaker who quickly rose to serve in a Senate leadership position and was widely viewed among Democrats as a rising star. He represented the state's 46th District, covering northern parts of Seattle and advocated for transportation issues in the Legislature.

White is survived by his wife and two children.
      

      
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ Washington state Sen. Scott White has been found dead in a Cle Elum hotel room. He was 41. White spokeswoman Dana Robinson Slote said Friday night that he died earlier in the day. She did not immediately have information on the cause of death. The Democrat represented the state's 46th District, covering northern parts of Seattle. White joined the Senate last year and rose to serve as the Senate's majority whip, advocating for transit issues as a caucus transportation leader. He worked most recently as a project manager at the University of Washington. Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown says White was an extraordinarily talented leader who approached the job with a rare level of nobility and honor. White is survived by his wife and two children.

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