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Mayor of Wood River dies after undergoing surgery for aortic aneurysm

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Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert passed away Wednesday morning after undergoing surgery Monday night. Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert passed away Wednesday morning after undergoing surgery Monday night.

WOOD RIVER, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert passed away Wednesday morning after undergoing surgery Monday night.

According to Wood River City Manager Jim Schneider, Ufert complained of back pain while at work Monday and went to the hospital that evening. The hospital determined Mayor Ufert suffered an aortic aneurysm and flew him to a St. Louis hospital to undergo surgery. Schneider said the mayor left surgery but never recovered.

Mayor Ufert was pronounced dead Wednesday morning.

Schneider told News 4 the city will review their laws and make changes to the administration as necessary.

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