|Homophobe Jim Forrester and his gay hair|
Forrester, 74, a retired family practice physician, died at approximately noon Monday at Gaston Memorial Hospital after family members removed him from life support about an hour earlier. He had been admitted to the Gastonia facility on Saturday, before losing consciousness and being transferred to intensive care Sunday morning.
Doctors suspected the 11-term senator may have had a stroke that was accompanied by cranial bleeding, said his sister-in-law, Sally Beach.
Forrester had suffered from health problems for some time that required him to have regular blood transfusions. He began to have trouble walking Thursday before leaving for a trip to the mountains with his wife and sister-in-law. They returned Saturday morning so that he could be admitted at Gaston Memorial.
He and his wife, Mary Frances, have four grown children who were all contacted across the country and able to make it home by late Sunday night. Forrester was surrounded by family members when he died, Beach said.
Forrester made headlines in early October when news broke that he had falsified some of the credentials on his website, where he claimed to be a fellow at the American College of Preventive Medicine. But Michael Barry, the executive director of the American College of Preventive Medicine, says Forrester is not now and has never been a Fellow of the College.
“A Fellow is kind of our highest designation of membership,” Barry explained. “We don’t know Dr. Forrester, so I can’t speak to his motives.”
The gay blogosphere jumped all over the story and word spread like wildfire. The moral of the story is simple: Karma is a bitch.