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Former insurance commissioner in coma after stroke

Posted January 26, 2009

— Former state Insurance Commissioner Jim Long remains in a coma after suffering a stroke last week, his wife said Monday.

Long is listed in stable condition at Rex Hospital. 

Long was outside the office of state Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance, at the Legislative Office Building when he collapsed Jan. 21.

Long, 68, served as insurance commissioner for 24 years before choosing not to seek re-election last fall.

EMS transported Long to Rex Hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a stroke, Rex spokeswoman Melody Hunter-Pillion said.

“Jim has suffered a very serious stroke,” Long's wife, Peg O’Connell, said. “He is still in a coma, but we are hopeful that he will regain consciousness soon. The physicians and staff at Rex are giving him the best care possible.”


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  • gammasandi Jan 26, 2009

    Jim Long was the "people's commissioner" and was highly respected by those in the insurance industry like my father-may God grant him a recovery to rest from the years of serving the citizens of NC-would that all our state officials could be half the public servant he has been-praying for strong and speedy recovery.

  • ghimmy51 Jan 26, 2009

    Jim Long fought long and hard for the people of NC. He made me proud to be from the same state. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

  • urbizn Jan 26, 2009

    Thoughts and prayers for Jim and his family and for his speedy recovery. As insurance commissioner he did an outstanding job of keeping insurance companies in check and as state fire marshall he was deeply committed to safety and excellence in the building trades, most notably electrical installation.

  • mikenjennifer Jan 26, 2009

    Prayers go out to him and his family. He was dedicated to the people of NC and kept all of our insurance rates affordable. He was always for the people of nc and not the insurance companies who were always wanting to jack up costs instead of doing that he ordered a decrease this is a rare politican and you can tell he cares for us..Hope he gets well soon..

  • raggy831 Jan 26, 2009

    My prayers go out to Mr.Long and his family. I hope that he recovers quickly.

  • potterylover920 Jan 26, 2009

    I had the privilage of working in the insurance industry for several years and met Jim on more than one occassion. He is truly a wonderful person, not only to work with but also in a general setting. I send my best wishes to him and his family. May God be with you all in this trying time.

  • tgcmisc Jan 26, 2009

    Jim Long is truly one of our finest public servants. He ran his department in a non-partisan manner and he was TOTALLY committed to the people of NC. He staffed the department with some really great people. My wife had an issue with a Cancer policy on her mother and his staff "convinced" the insurance company to live up to the policy.

    Hope he pulls through this with only minor complications. We should all say a prayer for him.

  • gotittogether Jan 26, 2009

    He was a wonderful man! I had the pleasure of working with him a couple of years ago! He has a big heart and we hope he will have a speedy recovery! Our prayers are with him!

  • hedgy_one Jan 26, 2009

    I am so sorry to learn about the serious-ness of Jim Long's stroke. The reports last week didn't sound so serious. Jim Long is a good man and should be listed as one of the most helpful to North Carolina citizens in a long, long time. He is truly a friend of the "common man" in North Carolina. My prayers are with the family.

  • jockeyshiftspringer Jan 26, 2009

    twc said: "Most people are unaware of the great service Jim Long gave the people of North Carolina. Truly an unsung hero!!"

    Agreed. Prayers to him and the family.