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Pasco boat accident kills prominent politician and businessman

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A prominent Pasco county businessman and politician died Sunday in a boating accident on the Cotee river in Pasco County.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission investigators said 29-year-old Joshua Griffin was riding in a 23-foot boat with his brother, Jeffery, and another passenger, when the boat hit a channel marker at the mouth of the Cotee river.

The impact ejected Griffin and they believe he hit his head on the marker.  He died a short time later.

His brother, Jeffrey was operating the boat at the time, according to investigators.

The Griffin family is well-known in the Pasco community.

"This is just a real tragedy for the family and our thoughts and prayers go out to them," said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Sheriff Nocco got to know Griffin during the 2012 election when Griffin was running for county commission.

"This is just a tragedy because he always had that smile, he really represented his family to the highest degree and he really was going to be a true leader in our county," said Nocco.

The Griffin family declined to comment, asking for privacy for the family.

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