MAGEE, MS (WLBT)- Magee Police Chief Ricky Davidson has died.
Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor says Chief Davidson collapsed at his home during a family barbeque Saturday evening.
The 61 year old suffered a massive heart attack. Davidson was pronounced dead at the Magee Hospital just before 7:30 p.m.
The coroner, who told WLBT that Davidson is also his cousin, said the chief had just celebrated a birthday in January and was looking forward to retirement.
Magee Mayor Jimmy Clyde said Davidson was a faithful servant to the City of Magee since 1973 and was serving his third term as Chief.
Davidson worked his way up from patrolman, to assistant chief and also served as chief in the 1980's.
Davidson said, "It is a tough loss because he was not only my friend and neighbor, but was a committed servant to the city who dedicated to his life to law enforcement. He will be greatly missed."
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