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Wife of former Easthampton mayor dies after falling down stairs

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EASTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

An Easthampton woman who was volunteering at the cultural fest Saturday has died after falling down a basement stairway.

Debra Tautznik, 60, who is the wife of former Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik, was transported to Baystate Medical Center around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mary Carey with the Northwestern District Attorney's Office told Western Mass News she was taken to the hospital, "after sustaining injuries from the fall down steps leading to the basement at 78 Cottage Street."

The Easthampton police and fire departments responded to the scene.

"The fall appears to be accidental and not suspicious in nature," noted Carey.

The incident remains under investigation by both local and state police.

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