Sarasota, Fla., police say they are investigating the apparent suicide of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris's (R) husband.

Sven Anders Axel Ebbeson, 68, was found dead Tuesday morning. Police are calling it an "alleged suicide."

The police also quote the family's pastor saying Ebbeson had been suffering from an illness.

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino said Harris "wanted the community, her family and friends to know that her husband is no longer suffering."

Harris was instrumental in the 2000 Florida recount which eventually resulted in George W. Bush winning the presidency. She won a congressional seat in 2002 and later ran for Senate in 2006, losing to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).