Frank Powers dies at age 67

Candidate for Fossella's seat, Frank Powers, dies in sleep
June 22, 2008 3:53:36 PM PDT
Frank Powers, a man tapped by the Republican Party to replace Vito Fossella in congress, has died. Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson has more.

He had been a big fund-raiser and supporter of Vito Fossella and when asked back in early may to join the race for congress.

Frank Powers told his party he needed to because things seemed to be faltering that he would give it a hard fight.

But sadly Sunday night, we're learning his wife, Dianne found her husband Sunday morning inside their Staten Island home. He had apparently died in his sleep.

Powers, a MTA board member and Wall Street executive, was unanimously endorsed by the Republican Party on May 29th to run for the seat being vacated by rep. Vito Fossella.

Fossella announced he would not seek re-election after finding himself in a messy scandal.

He was arrested in Virginia and charged with drunk later came out he had been living a double life -- fathering a daughter during an extramarital affair with another woman.

The chairman of the Brooklyn GOP released this statement about power saying "I found him to be a man of great integrity, drive and determination and since the day he accepted the nomination he has been working vigilantly to move his congressional campaign forward."

The Powers family is asking for privacy and has not yet announced funeral arrangements Sunday night.

Frank Powers was just 67-year-old.