California Councilman Dies of Heart Attack During Televised Meeting

A city councilman suffered a heart attack and died during a public meeting broadcast live on local television.

Sixty-one-year-old Michael Chavez appeared fine during most of the meeting, where residents discussed the future of a naval weapons station.

But around noon, his head fell to his chest, and he slumped in his chair.

Chavez — who owned a hair salon that served local politicians — was elected to his first term on the city council in November.

Councilwoman Helen Allen said Chavez didn't always appear to be coping well with the many stressful issues facing the council.