Mayor of Montreal-area community dies after being stung by wasps

The mayor of a Montreal-area community has died after being stung by wasps.

LA PRAIRIE, Que. — The mayor of a Montreal-area community has died after being stung by wasps.

Municipal authorities in La Prairie say Mayor Lucie F. Roussel passed away in hospital on Sunday.

Roussel, 51, had been mayor since 2005.

She was stung while gardening at her cottage in Stratford, about 200 kilometres east of Montreal.

Roussel ran unsuccessfully for the Quebec Liberals in the 2012 provincial election.

Flags on municipal buildings in La Prairie, just south of Montreal, flew at half-mast today.

Roussel has two adult children: Constance, 18, and Antonin, 18.