Wilder found unconscious; taken to hospital

LONGTOWN, TN (WMC-TV) - Former Tennessee Lt. Governor John Wilder was found unconscious in his home Monday afternoon and was airlifted to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Tennessee State Senator Jim Kyle said Wilder suffered a stroke.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Gov. Wilder and the Wilder family tonight," Kyle said in a statement released Monday night by the Tennessee Democratic Caucus.

Wilder's term from 1971 to 2007 made him the longest-serving Lt. Governor in American history.

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