Former Mpls. Mayor R.T. Rybak suffers heart attack

MINNEAPOLIS - Multiple sources confirm that former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak suffered a massive heart attack on Saturday morning.

Sources said that he is in intensive care at a Minneapolis hospital.

According to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Emergency Department, Rybak arrived at the hospital at about 1 p.m. by ambulance. He was complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains after cross-country skiing 7.7 miles in Theodore Wirth Park.

Rybak was taken to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital cardiac catheterization lab where doctors performed an angioplasty and inserted two stents. He is resting comfortably with family by his side, officials said.

Rybak tweeted at about 3:30 p.m., "My cardiac surprise/Gave me quite a start/But it proves this politician/Has a great big heart."

Rybak also tweeted that the trails at Theodore Wirth Park were great today. He was cross-country skiing when he suffered the attack.

Rybak's 12-year term as mayor officially ended at midnight on Wednesday, when newly-elected Mayor Betsy Hodges took over the reigns.

Gov. Mark Dayton was quick to issue a statement after hearing the news. He thanked the emergency responders and medical personnel who helped Rybak.

"On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend my very best wishes to former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his family. We all pray for his swift and complete recovery."

Rybak's family is expected to read a brief statement later this evening.


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