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Wells Fargo exec from Charlotte dies unexpectedly

A Wells Fargo executive who worked in uptown Charlotte died unexpectedly Wednesday in Minnesota, the bank has announced.

Anne Doss, who headed Wells Fargo's personal and small-business insurance division, was 56.

"It is with great sadness that Wells Fargo confirms that Anne Doss, head of our personal and small-business insurance division, has passed away," the bank said in a statement Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said Doss died Wednesday morning and that her death was being investigated. The spokeswoman said Doss died at a Sofitel hotel in Bloomington, a city south of Minneapolis. Her death appeared to be from natural causes, the spokeswoman said Thursday morning.

Doss' husband, Herbert Doss, said Thursday that his wife had gone to Minnesota on a business trip. Her death took him by surprise, he said, because she had not been ill.

"She was in perfect health" and "very into exercise," he said.

Her husband, who said he stayed in Charlotte while she went on the trip, said his wife had attended "numerous very important" roundtable meetings Tuesday. He said the last time he and his wife spoke was Tuesday night.

"I spoke to her as she was going to sleep," he said, adding that she sounded fine. "She was perfect."

Doss was named to the insurance division position in December. When the bank announced the appointment, it said Doss would oversee a team that provides small business and consumer insurance solutions, including for auto, home, renters, life, umbrella and property and liability coverage.

Prior to that, Doss led Wells Fargo's insurance national practices and special risk group.

Doss had also worked for Wachovia, which Wells Fargo bought in 2008, as president of insurance services.

In addition to her husband, Doss is survived by a son, 30, and daughter, 31. The family lives in Charlotte.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 15, 2013
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