Daniel Sanger dies before hearing on feeding-tube clash

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      FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A brain-damaged man at the center of a dispute over whether his feeding tube should be removed has died.

      An attorney for the wife of 55-year-old Daniel Sanger said the wife called him Wednesday morning to say her husband had died overnight.

      A Frederick judge who was set to hear arguments on whether Sanger should continue getting sustenance through a feeding tube declared the case moot in a brief hearing on Wednesday. Sanger suffered severe brain damage after a heart attack.

      Sanger's mother and brother had been seeking an injunction to keep the feeding tube in place at Frederick Memorial Hospital. It was restored last month under a temporary restraining order after Sanger's wife had it removed.

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