- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - The wife of former Mayor Michael Tautznik has died after falling down a basement staircase.

Debra Tautznik, 60, of Easthampton, fell down a set of steps at a business on Cottage Street Saturday afternoon while volunteering at Cultural Chaos, the town cultural festival, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan’s office said.

Tautznik was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. at around 2 p.m.

Sullivan’s office said the fall appears accidental but the incident remains under investigation by town and state police.

Michael Tautznik did not run for re-election in 2014 after serving for 17 years as mayor of the western Massachusetts town.

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