A Democratic contender for Maryland's gubernatorial race, Kevin Kamenetz, died early Thursday morning after suffering from cardiac arrest, reported Yahoo.
Kamenetz, who was only 60, was at his home around 2 a.m. Thursday morning when he woke up feeling unwell. His wife drove him into a nearby volunteer fire state where he received emergency treatment
He was later transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after. It was later determined that he suffered from ventricular fibrillation, which is a life-threatening heart arrhythmia that is common among heart attack victims.
He is survived by his wife, Jill Kamenetz, and their two teenage sons.
Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost, who knew Kamenetz for almost 25 years, said his sudden death "sent shockwaves through county government."
“By all accounts, he appeared to be in excellent health. He went to a doctor regularly,” she said, “This was not a person who had unhealthy habits.”
It’s not clear why the couple drove to a firehouse instead of calling 911. Dr. Gail Cunningham, senior vice president of medical affairs at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was treated commented on the choice.
“Obviously with these conditions, time is everything, but I don’t know for how long he was suffering from chest pains or symptoms before he chose to do that," said Cunningham, adding that people experiencing symptoms of a heart attack to call 911.
Kamenetz’s running mate, Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, said she’s heartbroken by the news.
“Like so many, I am shocked and heartbroken by this sudden and unexpected loss. I want to thank those across Maryland for their outpouring of support, sympathy, and gratitude during this difficult time,” she said in a statement posted to their campaign’s website.
“Kevin was first and foremost a loving husband to his wife Jill and a proud father to Karson and Dylan. And he was a dedicated, bold leader who served the people of Baltimore County for over 20 years. I have been honored to call him a friend and partner. Today all of Maryland mourns with his family, friends, and loved ones,” she said.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who Kamenetz hoped to face off against in the November election, responded to the death on Twitter. He also ordered the state flags to be flown at half-staff.
Kamenetz’s fellow Democrats also spoke out about their heartbreak over his sudden death.
Please offer your prayers for his family. This is a terrible and abrupt loss for them. In other news, police responded to reports of a man with a gun at a high school, one person is in the hospital.