Haysbert collapses at fund-raiser

August 30, 1999|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

Baltimore businessman and political activist Raymond V. Haysbert was in critical condition last night at Good Samaritan Hospital after he collapsed about 6: 30 p.m. at a fund-raiser in Northeast Baltimore.

The former chairman of Parks Sausage Co., Haysbert, who is in his late 70s, collapsed after speaking to about 200 people at the event sponsored by the North Central Democratic Coalition to raise money for Sylvia Williams' campaign for a 3rd District City Council seat.

"He was speaking, and he just fell backward," said Ruth Sparks, who held the event at her home in the 2500 block of Montebello Terrace.

Sparks said three people performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Haysbert until emergency personnel arrived and took him to Good Samaritan.

She said the event was attended by many political leaders, including mayoral candidate Martin O'Malley; state Sen. Joan Carter Conway; Nathan C. Irby, a candidate for City Council president; and incumbent 3rd District Councilman Robert Curran.

Haysbert is honorary chairman of Carl Stokes' campaign for mayor.

Pub Date: 8/30/99

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