Sen. Forrester passes away

Posted October 31, 2011

Updated: Senator Forrester's family says he passed away around noon Monday. More here.  

State Senator Jim Forrester, R-Gaston, is in intensive care this morning, according to his family. 

Reports from a local news site said the senator had suffered cranial bleeding and is on life support.  

Reached at the Forrester home, the senator's sister-in-law, Sally Beach, could not confirm those details. She could only say that he's in ICU and that the family has been called in. ""They’re scattered all over the place - they’re trying to gather,” she said. 

Forrester is in his 11th term in the state Senate. He's best known for his advocacy for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. He has suffered from health problems in recent years.  

Most recently, Forrester made headlines for calling Asheville a "cesspool of sin," and for apparent discrepancies in his resume. Forrester has said the errors were inadvertent. 



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  • faperrigo Nov 1, 2011

    Gary of Chapel Hill: Who is hateful?? Sen. Forrester was a great man. The newer blogpost does a great job honoring Dr. Forrester. Gary, please take time to read up on the doctor's military duty.

  • Squirreling Dervish Nov 1, 2011


    So were some of Forrester's comments....

  • marktroll Nov 1, 2011

    funny how leslie comes out with this story, the last sentences blast the man on the day of his death. then on twitter leslie rebukes the comments made by her followers. they were incited by the closing remarks of this story. SHAMEFUL.

  • geoherb1 Nov 1, 2011

    I'm sorry he died too soon to find out that North Carolinians have learned that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve equal rights. Unfortunately, as Shakespeare said, "The evil that men do lives after them...."

  • faperrigo Oct 31, 2011

    Would you please post the entire career resume of Sen. Forrester? It is impressive.