FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Former State Rep. DeWayne Bunch has died more than a year after suffering a head injury while trying to break up a fight among students at Whitley County High School where he was a math teacher.
House Republican spokesman Mike Goins confirmed Bunch's death in a statement Wednesday afternoon. WLEX-TV in Lexington first reported that Bunch had died.
The 50-year-old Bunch was injured when he intervened in the fight. He was struck by a stray punch and hit his head on the floor of the school cafeteria.
He resigned from the legislature last year. Voters in the 82nd District chose his wife, Regina Bunch, as his replacement in the legislature.
The teenagers who were involved in the fight were charged with assault.
The following statements are in response to the passing of former State Rep. DeWayne Bunch:
“On behalf of the Kentucky House, I want to extend condolences to the Bunch family during this difficult time and want them to know they are in our thoughts and prayers. DeWayne showed tremendous potential as a legislator, and his wife Regina has done an outstanding job in serving the remainder of his term.” -- House Speaker Greg Stumbo
“I am saddened by the loss of former Representative DeWayne Bunch. As a teacher and state representative, DeWayne served the people of the Commonwealth, especially those in Whitley and Laurel counties, with distinction. He also proudly served our country in Iraq as a member of the Kentucky National Guard. Elaine and I send our condolences to his wife, Regina, his family, and all those at Whitley County High School that knew and loved him.” -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
“Jane and I were very sorry to hear of the passing of former Representative DeWayne Bunch. In his time with us in Frankfort, he shared many of our goals for a better Kentucky, especially in improving education. He was a dedicated teacher and legislator, and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, particularly his wife Regina, who is serving admirably in her husband’s position as state legislator." -- Gov. Steve Beshear