Former Choctaw chief suffered massive stroke - - Jackson, MS

Former Choctaw chief suffered massive stroke

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Phillip Martin, former chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, has suffered a massive stroke and remains hospitalized in Jackson.

In a statement released Wednesday, family spokeswoman Natasha Phillips says the 83-year-old Martin was stricken Monday as he was driving. Phillips says the family took Martin off life support Tuesday.

Martin is in critical condition at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Phillips says his wife, Bonnie, and two daughters are with him.

Martin served in public life for 48 years, having been first elected Tribal chief in 1979.

He was defeated for re-election by Beasley Denson in 2007.

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