Charles Maynard, 42; Bahamas official died on campaign trail

NASSAU, Bahamas — Charles Maynard, the chairman of the main opposition party in the Bahamas and a former Cabinet minister, died Tuesday while campaigning for a candidate in a parliamentary election, officials in the island chain said. He was 42.

Mr. Maynard collapsed, apparently from a heart attack, in a car in North Abaco after leaving a campaign event, his Free National Movement said . Emergency medical personnel were unable to revive him.

The Free National Movement lost power to the Progressive Liberal Party in the island chain east of Florida following general elections in May.


Mr. Maynard previously served in Parliament, representing the Golden Isles district of New ­Providence, the island that includes Nassau, and was a former minister of youth, sports, and culture.

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John Dinkelman, chargé d’affaires for the US Embassy in the Bahamas, issued a statement of condolences and said his ‘‘untimely passing will stand as a great loss due to his devotion to the service of others.’’

He leaves his wife, Zelena, and three daughters.