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Former State Health Commissioner Daines, 60, Dies

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Former State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines has died.

A Health Department spokeswoman says Daines died over the weekend while working on his upstate farm. Although the exact cause of death is not yet known, NY1 has been told Daines suffered a "sudden cardiovascular event."

He was 60 years old.

Daines was appointed state health commissioner by former Governor Eliot Spitzer in 2007 and stepped down two months ago.

Daines led former Governor David Paterson's effort to create a tax on sugary drinks that would fund programs to fight childhood obesity and help close the budget gap.

His campaign included some of the first uses of YouTube by a state commissioner.

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