Reports: Ex-Rep. Jim Traficant Dead At 73

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Former Rep. Jim Traficant (D-OH) died Saturday after sustaining injuries in a tractor accident earlier this week, local news outlets reported.

A spokeswoman for the family, Heidi Hanni, confirmed to The Vindicator that Traficant died Saturday at St. Elizabeth Health Center. The former congressman had been in critical condition there since he was brought there Tuesday, after a tractor he was driving at his daughter’s Mahoning County, Ohio farm flipped over and trapped him underneath.

Traficant served in the U.S. House for more than 17 years until 2002, when he was convicted on bribery and racketeering charges. He served seven years in prison and was released from jail in 2009.

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