Texas Former Mayor Dies Aboard Cruise Ship

Multi-term  Texas Mayor Ben Bythewood, 49, appeared on American Idol in 2013,  dies aboard Carnival Magic. Ben Bythewood, 49, was sailing on a cruise with his wife Amy on Monday, June 1, 2015 aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Magic in the Gulf Of Mexico when he passed away.

Bythewood began experiencing breathing difficulty the first night of the cruise, and despite the efforts of medical personnel, he died the following evening.

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