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Former Columbia mayor Bob Coble had heart attack, emergency bypass surgery

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The former mayor of Columbia was rushed to Providence Hospital on Wednesday afternoon after he suffered a heart attack at the State House complex.

According to a Nexsen Pruet spokesperson, Bob Coble was taken to the hospital after he reported not feeling well to a health care professional at the Blatt Building. 

Coble's law firm said late Wednesday afternoon Coble was "alert and in good spirits" surrounded by family and friends as doctors began tests including a heart catheterization.

That procedure discovered multiple blockages and doctors said the attorney and lobbyist had suffered a heart attack.

A statement released by his law firm Nexsen Pruet shortly before the noon hour said Coble underwent successful quadruple coronary bypass surgery early this morning. He remains in recovery.

Coble's son Daniel, serving as family spokesman, issued a statement thanking everyone in the Midlands and across the state for their well wishes and prayers.

That statement thanked the doctors and staff at Providence for what he called "their tireless work to save Dad's life."

Midlands Sen. Nikki Setzler and other lawmakers also expressed appreciation for the work of a nurse and a legislative doctor of the day for their response to Mayor Bob's medical crisis.

Richland senator, pastor, and longtime friend Darrell Jackson was nearby as the former mayor was taken from the State House.

"I was there when they were carrying him out, so I know he felt ill and the staff here worked really diligently to help him and fortunately we had a great doctor on staff here and one of the nurses here," Jackson said.

As of mid-afternoon, a spokesman for Coble's law firm was telling us he had no changes in status for the former mayor.

Another person with close ties to the family described the situation as "touch and go."

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