Former American Samoa senator Mailo Atonio dies

American Samoa is mourning the death of a prominent traditional leader.Former senator, associate judge, businessman and author Mailo Tony Atonio passed away at the LBJ hospital, aged 74.His daughter Virginia said her father had suffered health complications at home last night and was rushed to the hospital.She said he suffered a heart attack.Mailo Atonio served as senator for Fagatogo from 2007 to 2010.Before that he was an associate judge and an Administrator of the High Court.Mailo once owned a nightclub called Caesar’s Palace in Fagatogo that was popular in the 1980’s.He also had a taro plantation.Mailo has also written two books about the Samoan cultureHe is survived by his wife Fa’ava and seven children.

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