- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Times’ popular outdoors editor Terry Tomalin has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 55.

Tomalin’s wife, St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, confirmed that he had passed away Thursday.

Family members told the Times (https://goo.gl/G0hsVc) that Terry Tomalin and his son were taking a life guarding class when Tomalin collapsed and never regained consciousness.

The University of South Florida graduate started his journalism career at the Lakeland Ledger, where he wrote a series on the Ku Klux Klan that prompted a sheriff to resign. He joined the Times as a police reporter in 1986 and became an outdoors writer several years later.

Tomalin was a fellow of the prestigious Explorer’s Club in New York City. He has lived with Amazon witch doctors, explored sunken Mayan ruins, sailed to Cuba, canoed to the Bahamas and swum around Key West.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), https://www.tampabay.com.


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