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Former state Rep. William Varese found dead outside home

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - Stratford police say a former Connecticut lawmaker has been found dead outside his home.

The body of former State Rep. William Varese was discovered Sunday.

Police say they don't suspect foul play in the death of the 71-year old Republican, but did not elaborate. The Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner has not released a cause of death.

Varese, who had a law practice in Trumbull, was elected to the General Assembly in 1990 from Monroe and served four two-year terms.

He made headlines in 1998 when a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing officer allowed him to keep his driver's license after he was arrested on a drunken driving charge following an accident in which his car struck five parked vehicles.

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