Akron Diner Owner Dies Shortly After Obama Visit Ann Harris, 70, apparently had heart attack By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jul 6, 2012 3:31 PM CDT 76 comments Comments President Obama talks with patrons of Ann's Place in Akron Friday. Owner Ann Harris isn't pictured. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Newser) – Sad footnote to President Obama's surprise visit to a restaurant in Akron today: The 70-year-old owner died of an apparent heart attack less than three hours after his visit, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. Ann Harris was picked up by an ambulance shortly after Obama stopped in Ann's Place, talked to patrons, and got a hug from Ann herself. "She loved Obama," her sister tells the Beacon Journal. "I'm sure this was her highlight."