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Albany man dies while riding his bicycle

ALBANY -- A 70-year-old man, well known in the neighborhood for riding his red bicycle, keeled over and died while riding on the 1900 block of Gail Avenue Tuesday afternoon, an Albany Police Department official said.

"George Thiklis, 71, visited with relatives on Temple Avenue at about 5:30 (p.m.) or 5:45 (p.m.) when he left to bicycle home," Phyllis Banks said. "While he was bicycling, he collapsed of a medical condition and died."

No further details were immediately known.

Albany police officers set up yellow tape to block off traffic and questioned Thiklis' family and bystanders. Thiklis brother John, 80, and sister-in-law Bessie Andros, 76, were at the scene while Dougherty County EMS removed the body.

"I don't know what happened, maybe his heart?" John Thiklis said. "It is my brother, I don't know what happened."

Andros mentioned family members in Tennessee that would have to be notified. She said George Thiklis' wife was in a Greek village with her husband's ill 91-year-old mother.

A neighbor, Barbara Glover, brought fleece throws for Andros to put around her shoulders against the chill. Andros stood and held the throw over her arm oblivious to the discomfort.

"She's in shock about this. We always saw him riding up and down the block a lot," Glover said. "I'm just trying to do what I can to help them. I wish I could do more."