Man Has Stroke At Work, Spends 5 Days Alone, Dies

PORTLAND, Maine (October 31, 2012)--A computer specialist had a stroke in his office in Portland, Maine and wasn't discovered until five days afterward, relatives and authorities said.

He later died at a hospital.

David Norton, of Portland, was barely alive when police found him Oct. 10 inside his University of Southern Maine office.

He died on Oct. 15 at Maine Medical Center.

Linda Norton says her son had a stroke the Friday before Columbus Day.

University police found him in his locked office the following Wednesday after a coworker reported he had missed a meeting and couldn't be reached.

Norton's mother has asked the school to develop a policy for police to check offices every day.

University officials say they're reviewing policies to determine if changes are warranted.

Norton, 45, worked for the University of Maine System.


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