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A doctor tasked with taking care of the ticker belonging to former President George H.W. Bush has died this week after a bizarre series of events in Texas.

The good doctor, Dr. Mark Hausknecht was riding his bicycle in Houston, Texas, near to the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women when the incident occurred in the wee morning hours, according to Troy Finner, an Executive Assistant Police Chief.

The truly strange incident occurred when the 65 year old doctor rode past another cyclist traveling in the opposite direction.  Just moments later, the as-of-yet unidentified cyclist turned and popped off two rounds in the doctor’s direction.

Hausknecht was pronounced dead once he arrived at a local hospital.

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At this time, police are being cautious with the possibilities of motive, making certain to leave that open for investigators.

The suspect appeared to be approximately 30 years old, donning a khaki colored baseball hat, a grey jacket, tan shorts, and was riding a mountain bike.  Witnesses believe that he was either a white or hispanic male.

The former President’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, released the following statement:

President George HW Bush was deeply saddened by the tragic circumstances surrounding the untimely passing of Dr. Mark Hausknecht, and 41 sends his most sincere condolences to the Hausknecht family, his colleagues at Houston Methodist, and his friends.”

“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”

The news comes just weeks after the passing for Bush’s wife and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

 

 

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