Rep. Robert Nyman

Rep. Robert Nyman was found dead at his home last night. The Globe is reporting:

Massachusetts State Representative Robert Nyman, 49, was found dead in a swimming pool at his Hanover home Friday night, authorities said.

Nyman had gone to a local golf course earlier in the day to participate in the planning of a charity event and returned home briefly and then went back to the course at approximately 1 p.m., according to a statement from the office of Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.

It was not clear when he returned home again, but his family came home at about 8:30 p.m. and found him unresponsive in the family pool, according to the statement. The cause and circumstances of his death were not released.

The Patriot Ledger has more details:

Nyman had been at a planning meeting for a charity golf event earlier in the day and when his family returned home at 8:30 p.m., they found him in the pool, dressed and unresponsive, Cruz said.

Hanover police received 911 calls from the Nyman home at 8:30 p.m., reporting that Nyman had been found in the pool. Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney issued a joint statement with Cruz.

Nyman was pulled out of the pool by neighbors who had come to assist his family. A neighbor attempted CPR until the Hanover Fire Department arrived and took over rescue efforts.

Nyman was wearing a shirt and shorts when he was found in the pool. He was taken to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Gov. Deval Patrick had been scheduled to come to Hanover Saturday to meet Rep. Nyman and be shown around during the town’s celebration of Hanover Days. A spokesman said Saturday morning the governor was talking to local officials about his course of action. Nyman, a Democrat, had represented the Fifth Plymouth District in the Massachusetts House since 1999. He and his wife, Rhonda, had two children.

He had attended the grand opening of the Hanover Senior Center two weeks ago and presided at the ceremony. Seniors said Saturday that he had been a energetic advocate for them and they couldn’t imagine the town without him.

At the Nyman house, there was a steady stream of family and friends coming to pay their respects. The street was overflowing with visitors.

Police have issued the following statement:

Hanover Police Chief Walter Sweeney and Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz today announced that State Representative Robert Nyman of Hanover died unexpectedly last night.

On Friday June 25, 2010, the Hanover Police received 911 calls from the Nyman home stating that Representative Nyman had been found unresponsive in the pool. He was pulled out of the pool by neighbors who had come to assist his family. A neighbor attempted CPR until Hanover Fire Department arrived and took over rescue efforts. The victim was transported by emergency personnel to the South Shore Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead at 9:02 p.m. At the time the victim was discovered, he was wearing a collared shirt and shorts.

Interviews determined that the victim had gone out late morning to a local golf course to assist in the planning of an upcoming charity golf tournament. The victim returned home and then left again at approximately 1:00 p.m. to return to the golf course. His family returned home at approximately 8:30 p.m. and found the victim unresponsive in the pool.

There were no signs of a struggle and the home was neat and orderly. No foul play is suspected. An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo released the following statement:

It is with great sadness and regret that we mourn the passing of Representative Bob Nyman of Hanover. Not only was Bob a fierce advocate for his district, he was a true friend to all in the House where he served with honor, integrity and distinction since 1999. To simply say we will miss him would not do justice to the deep personal sense of loss we all feel at this moment. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s loving wife Rhonda and with his children. The Massachusetts House of Representatives extends its most sincere condolences to the entire Nyman family and to all who were privileged to count Bob as a friend.

Governor Patrick released the following statement:

“Diane and I are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Bob Nyman and send our sympathies to his family, his constituents and his colleagues. Throughout his 11 years of service in the House of Representatives, Bob Nyman was a tireless and passionate advocate for his district and for a better, stronger Commonwealth. He was a valued partner and a dear and kind friend. This is a profound loss personally and for the Legislature.”

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Nassour issued the following statement:

I am deeply saddened to hear of the untimely passing of State Representative Robert Nyman. He was a devoted and thoughtful public servant and this is certainly a difficult loss for the people of the Fifth Plymouth. Today is a day to put politics aside and remember his contributions and generosity to those he represented in Hanover, Norwell and Rockland. Our sincerest condolences go out to Representative Nyman’s family and friends.

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. released the following statement:

I am saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and colleague, Representative Bob Nyman.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they go through this very difficult time.  To say Bob will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and the people of the 5th Plymouth District is an understatement.

Nyman was being challenged in the 5th Bristol Representative District by Jared Valanzola and Korey Welch. Both are new to state politics and Nyman was likely to have won the challenge.