PHOENIX (AP) -- Jake Flake, a veteran state lawmaker and a reminder of the days when cowboys used to dominate the Arizona Legislature, died suddenly Sunday morning after a fall at his ranch in Snowflake, his family said. The lifelong Arizonan was 72.

The Republican senator had been recovering from eight cracked ribs he suffered May 24 after being bucked from his horse while riding on his ranch.

"He was doing well. He was alert and fine this morning, but as he was walking around the house, he fell down and he stopped breathing," said son Travis Flake, 35, of Snowflake. "His heart stopped and they were never able to get him going again ... It was a shock to all of us."

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