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D.M. rape survivor dies at home

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Authorities in Des Moines are investigating the unexpected death at home of a woman who survived a September rape -- allegedly by a repeat sex-offender -- and went public with an account of the attack on her.  Dr. Francis Garrity of the Polk County Medical Examiner's office said Tuesday the cause of death for 43-year-old Frances Brazzle was not immediately known.  Police say Brazzle's husband, Christopher, found his wife unresponsive when he returned from a shopping trip Monday afternoon.  They say Frances Brazzle suffered from several health issues including a lung ailment and fibromyalgia, and there were no obvious signs of foul play, forced entry or attempted suicide.  Authorities have charged 35-year-old Jack Leonard Hays of kidnapping, beating and raping Brazzle for three hours in her home Sept. 27.

Online Anchor/ReporterBob Waters

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