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Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon

Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon

FRANKLIN, N.C. – A North Carolina politician said he has no idea how a story that he died began circulating, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Stories began circulating Friday morning that Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon, died. Davis’ Wikipedia page had been updated to say he was dead.

“Davis died unexpectedly on April 16, 2014, of suspected heart attack,” the page read on Friday morning. “Aged 67, he collapsed while jogging in a park not far from his home.”

Davis said he was visiting family in Virginia when he first heard that several people had heard he was dead.

He said Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale had told him that he heard three times that morning that he had died.

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that allows its users to update the information.

The page reportedly had links to new articles, but the links did not work. The false information has since been removed from Davis’ page.

Davis represents the 50th District, which includes Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Swain and Macon counties.

Source: The Asheville Citizen-Times

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