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Governor’s Assistant Dies In Tubing Accident

25-Year-Old Ben Belzer Was 'Thoughtful And Mature Beyond His Years,' Says Evers

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Wisconsin State Capitol Building At Dusk
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Gov. Tony Evers says his personal assistant died in a tubing accident on the Sugar River in southern Wisconsin.

Twenty-five-year-old Ben Belzer had worked as Evers’ personal assistant since February 2019. Evers said Monday it is “unimaginable that he’s gone.” Evers said that he, his wife, Kathy, and everyone on his team was “stunned” by the death. Evers said Belzer was “incomparable,” “remarkably talented” and “thoughtful and mature beyond his years.”

The Green County Sheriff’s Department said it and other nearby fire and police agencies responded to reports at 3:20 p.m. Saturday of a man tubing on the river who went under water and did not resurface. The body was located in the water.

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