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BREAKING: Birmingham City Council president dies suddenly

Maxine Parker in 2009 (Source: WBRC video) Maxine Parker in 2009 (Source: WBRC video)

Two sources within Birmingham City Hall have confirmed Councilwoman Maxine Parker passed away Tuesday afternoon.

Parker was hospitalized at Princeton Hospital suddenly with her health listed as critical. There are no other details available on the cause of her health issues.

Parker's hospitalization came as a shock to almost everyone in city hall because she presided over council meeting last Tuesday in seemingly good health. She was just elected council president and sworn in less than a month ago.

Parker was beginning her third term representing District 4 on the council.  She was first elected to the council in 2005. She was well-liked in her district where she has worked hard to secure funding for an EPA investigation of pollution in the Collegeville neighborhood and a new bridge into Collegeville to allow neighbors and first responders to avoid having to wait for trains stopped at a crossing.

The council cut out all but its consent agenda on Tuesday and expressed concern for Parker's health. Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson presided over the meeting.

Mayor William Bell skipped the meeting to be with her family at the hospital.

Stay with this story for more info as it becomes available.


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