Tragedy struck as a member of the Cross Rivers House of Assembly, Steven Ukpukpen, died while doing his usual early morning walk out.
The lawmaker, who represents Obudu State constituency, was said to have slumped while on the exercise some minutes after leaving his residence.
Those who first came to his rescue were said to have rushed him to the Navy Hospital in Calabar.
His critical condition was however said to have forced them to refer him to another hospital.
The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. John Gaul-Lebo, reportedly stormed out when he heard of the incident expressing surprise.