Mooresville commissioner Mac Herring committed suicide, autopsy report shows

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Mooresville commissioner Mac Herring committed suicide by overdosing on the pain killer oxycodone, according to an autopsy report by the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Catawba County sheriff’s investigators found Herring dead May 19 in woods beside a dirt trail, several miles from his house on Lake Norman, according to the report. His truck was parked at a gate by the trail.

Herring, 52, left a Mooresville Board of Commissioners meeting the night before “distraught and angry” over a vote, the autopsy report says.

Herring cast the lone vote that night against a resolution asking the state Department of Transportation to delay a financial close on Interstate 77 toll lanes from Charlotte to Mooresville. Herring said the state had planned for years to move ahead with the project. He left the meeting before it ended.

Herring’s wife and friends also told investigators that a good friend of Herring died a day earlier and that Herring said “it should have been me,” according to the autopsy report. Herring’s friend, former Mooresville commissioner Frank Rader, died May 18 at age 66.

Herring also had a history of insulin-dependent diabetes, according to the report.

Herring was elected Ward 3 commissioner in 2005. He was mayor pro tem from 2011 to 2013.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak