01/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Internet Strategist Dies In Plane Crash

The pilot killed in a Lake Township plane crash Friday evening had connections to the White House and high-ranking Republican officials as an Internet consultant.

Stark County Coroner P.S. Murthy conducted an autopsy Saturday on Michael L. Connell, 45, of Akron, as local, state and federal investigators continued to look for the cause of the Friday night plane crash in a Lake Township residential area.

He was the only one killed in the crash. Investigators said he had no passengers in the Piper Saratoga.

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