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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An official says Mexico's consul over Utah and western Wyoming has died.
Deputy Consul Eusebio Romero says 59-year-old Ignacio Rios Navarro died Monday at St. Mark's Hospital due to complications following abdominal surgery.
Romero says Rios had a wife and two children. He says Rios' remains will be returned to Mexico.
Romero will now serve as acting consul.
Rios was appointed to the post in April, replacing former Consul Salvador Jimenez. Jimenez retired in December 2007. The consulate serves an estimated 350,000 Mexicans.
Rios previously served as consul of the Mexican Embassy in the United Kingdom.
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