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Government spokesman dies after collapsing

September 18, 2006


Don Denney, the longtime spokesman for the Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., government, died Friday after collapsing at City Hall.

Denney, 54, went to work for the city in 1994 after working as a reporter for The Kansas City Kansan. He was named spokesman for the Unified Government when the city and county merged in 1997.

A Kansas City, Kan., native and graduate of Bishop Ward High School, Denney also was a longtime public address system announcer at the school's athletic games, earning the nickname "the voice of the Cyclones."

Earlier in the week, Denney, a diabetic, complained of dizziness and said he had experienced a brief blackout. Wyandotte County Coroner Alan Hancock said Denney died of cardiac arrhythmia.


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