We are sorry to report Former Florida Secretary Katherine Harris’ husband Anders Sven Axel Ebbeson took his own life this morning at around 7:00 a.m. He was found dead at the couple’s home on Bay Point Drive in Sarasota,
Katherine and Anders met on a blind date at the opera. They married in 1996. Anders had one daughter, Louise. He became a naturalized U. S. citizen in 2000. He was a Swedish businessman born in Hamstead, Sweden. He founded the appliance company InterCon Marketing Inc. in 1992 and received a reported annual revenue of between $5 million and $25 million.
Officers were called to the home at around 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Police spokesperson Genevieve Judge said that Ebbeson had committed suicide.
The Pastor of Sarasota First Baptist Church, William Hild stated during a news conference at the police station, that Ebbeson had taken his own life. He said that Anders had been sufferIng health issues in recent years. Hild spoke on behalf of the family saying, “They are asking for privacy, prayers, thoughts and love from the community. Anders has been suffering health conditions that he’d been attempting to deal with, which had been increasingly part of his life,” Hild said. “He was much beloved by his family. He was very warm and a generous person.”
Police Chief Bernadette DiPino added that the community respect the request for privacy at this difficult time. She said that Katherine wanted the community to know that her husband was no longer suffering.