Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, 58, was hospitalized at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Saturday afternoon after becoming short of breath, according to Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson.
"Former Mayor Rybak had been cross country skiing at Theodore Wirth Park and became short of breath and was taken to Abbott Northwestern Hospital," Johnson said. "His family is with him and they have been speaking to him."
Around 3:30 pm, a message from Rybak's Twitter account read: "My cardiac surprise/Gave me quite a start/But it proves this politician/Has a great big heart."
Rybak spent 12 years in office.
Abbott Northwestern released the following statement:
"Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak came to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Emergency Department about 1 p.m. today by ambulance complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains after cross-country skiing 7.7 miles in Theodore Wirth Park.
He was taken to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital cardiac catheterization lab where doctors performed an angioplasty and inserted two stents. He is now resting comfortably.
Family is with him at the hospital this afternoon and asks that their privacy be respected today.
No other statements are expected today."
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