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First Black CEO of UF Health Jacksonville dies in personal watercraft crash

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CEO of UF Health Jacksonville died as a result of a personal watercraft accident at Lake Worth Inlet on Saturday.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Dr. Leon Leroy Haley Jr., 56, was operating a 2021 10′ Yamaha PWC and ejected from the vehicle at 10:33 a.m.

He was found in the water wearing a life jacket.

Dr. Haley was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach where he was confirmed dead.

Dr. Haley was dean and the first black CEO of UF Health Jacksonville.

He played a huge role collaborating with community organizers to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed throughout Jacksonville.