Arkansas ex-mayor dies after apparent gun accident

— A coroner in eastern Arkansas says a former Helena mayor has died of an apparent accidental gunshot wound.

Phillips County coroner Earnest Larry says former Helena Mayor Robert Miller was apparently cleaning a weapon when it went off. Authorities discovered his body at his home in Helena-West Helena on Thursday.

Larry says there’s no autopsy planned and that the body is being released to a funeral home.

Larry says he didn’t know what kind of weapon Miller was cleaning or when the gun went off.

Miller’s former administrative assistant Diane Tyler says Miller served as mayor of the Mississippi Delta city of Helena in the early 2000s.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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