Frances "Fran" Ruggles


Age: 67


Summary: longtime member of Gustaf Adolph Luther Church in northern Maine and one of several parishioners who drank arsenic-tainted coffee during a church gathering on April 27, 2003, in which one person died and 15 others were sickened after drinking the coffee but a church member killed himself and took responsibility for the incident in a suicide note days later, who had suffered from long-term health problems related to the arsenic poisoning.



Cause of Death: Complications from arsenic poisoning


Born: May 9, 1941


Died: April 4, 2009


Location: New Sweden, Maine