ALBANY, N.Y. -- Dr. Richard Daines, the innovative New York health commissioner who left a lucrative private sector career to fight for public health issues including a battle against childhood obesity, has died.
Daines died unexpectedly Saturday at home two months after he stepped down from public office, said his spokeswoman, Claudia Hutton. He was 60.
Daines, a former Mormon missionary, led former Gov. David Paterson's effort to create a "fat tax" on soda that would fund programs to fight childhood obesity. The former Eagle Scout and Scout master waged his campaign in English and Spanish and included some of the first uses of YouTube by a state commissioner.