Family and friends are mourning the sudden loss of Josephine "Ann" Harris who passed away shortly after President Obama stopped in this morning for breakfast.
Deanna Hubbard, Harris' daughter said that meeting Mr. Obama was one of the highlights of her life.
"She loved Obama," Hubbard said.
"She was very happy and excited to go and see him."
Harris was 70. Her restaurant, Ann's Place on South Hawkins has been in business for over 30 years and Hubbard said that it was a honor to have President Obama in her restaurant.
"I asked one of the Secret Service people why they picked our restaurant, and he said they had been watching it for a couple of weeks, so they chose our restaurant."
She had complained of fatigue and heart-attack like symptoms as she was being taken to the hospital hours after the President had breakfast.
Hubbard said that Obama was very gracious when he got to the restaurant and took the opportunity to get to know Ann, who had been battling health problems.
Deanna Hubbard, daughter of Josephine Ann Harris by Akron NewsNow
"I had told him that my mom just had a heart attack in June and he said that he wasn't going to wait for her to come to him, he was going to come to her," Hubbard said.
"He gave her a hug, and took pictures with her and everything."
Harris was pronounced dead at Akron General Friday morning around 11:18 a.m.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office tells AkronNewsNow.com the death came from natural causes.
Just an hour after serving breakfast to President Obama -- the owner of an Akron restaurant is dead.
Reporters going to Ann's Place in Akron to follow up on the President's choice of breakfast this morning were stunned to learn the restaurant's owner, Josephine "Ann" Harris, 70, died after meeting with him over eggs, bacon and wheat toast. She complained of fatigue and a tingling feeling shortly after the visit by the President and was taken to Akron General, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner. She died about an hour after serving Mr. Obama on the second day of his bus campaign through Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
The death was was pronounced at 11:18 a.m. at Akron General. While a specific cause of death hasn't been confirmed, a spokesperson for the Medical Examiner's office said it appears to be of natural causes and noted Harris had several medical problems. The body was released back to the family.
The Akron Beacon Journal spoke with Harris' sister, Frankie Adkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who told the newspaper meeting and hugging Mr. Obama was "her highlight" and her sister loved the President.
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