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Man allegedly dies from complications of spider bite

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The death of a 62-year-old Lakeland man is being attributed to complications from a spider bite.

A spokeswoman in the Polk County medical examiners office says Ronald Reese's death certificate will read that death was due to complications from "cervical epidural abscess" caused by "spider envenomation."

The manner of death is rare.  

The spider that is believed to have bit Reese is also extremely rare.

Reese's returned home from his handyman job one day in August 2013 and said, "'Dad, I think I've been bit by a brown recluse it's hurting so bad,'" H.K. Reese told FOX 35.

Reese said months of complications -- which included paralysis -- followed.

The death certificate does not specify what kind of spider bit Reese.

"Since 1904 in the state of Florida they've actually found 70 brown recluse spiders in the entire state.  Forty of those were actually found in one location," said Central Florida Zoo herpetologist Nick Clark, citing a study being conducted by the Universities of Florida and California.

Clark says brown recluse spiders are found in the far-west part of Florida's panhandle and hardly ever found in central Florida.

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