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Mississippi lawmaker dead in an apparent suicide

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Mississippi officials are reacting with sadness to reports of a 53-year-old Republican lawmaker's death in an apparent suicide.

State Rep. Jessica Upshaw, a lawyer who joined the Legislature in 2004, appears to have shot herself in the head at a home in Mendenhall — a town 30 miles from Jackson, the capital — that is owned by former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry, according to the Associated Press.

Mr. Rotenberry has not been arrested, the AP reported.

"I have known Jessica for many years as an unselfish and dedicated public servant," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "This is a tragic loss for her family and all Mississippians, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time."

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