HOUSTON Surfside Beach Mayor Jim Bedward died Thursday from an apparent heart attack, Surfside Beach Police Department Chief Gary Phillips said. Bedward was 57.

Bedward was working around a water tower near Horse Creek when he died, Phillips said. Phillips said it is too early to tell, but Bedward possibly died from a heart attack.

Mayor Pro-tem Mark Corey said Bedward was just elected in May, but had done a lot for the community in his short time with the city.

He said an emergency council meeting will likely be called soon to discuss the plan going forward.

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