POHNPEI BUSINESS LEADER, TV PIONEER HELGENBERGER SUCCUMBS TO STROKE

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KOLONIA, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (August 31, 2001 - PINA Nius Online)---Prominent Pohnpei businessman Bernard Helgenberger died in the hospital, less than 12 hours after being admitted for observation following a stroke.

Helgenberger was the owner of a mom-and-pop store that grew into one of Pohnpei's big three businesses. He was also a former Federated States of Micronesia Cabinet Secretary.

In the 1970s Helgenberger offered the first television broadcasts in Pohnpei, from the jailhouse in Kolonia town. The station is now co-owned by Telecom and Bernard's Enterprises as Island Cable Television, or ICTV.

"It was a stroke which began with dizziness and then the loss of the functions of his arms and legs, that led to his death," said his eldest surviving son, State Senator Bellarmine Helgenberger.

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