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Moorhead native Chuck Johnson holds a large cross in this undated photo. Johnson, who carried the cross across the country a dozen times, died last week in South Carolina from a heart attack. Special to The Forum

Moorhead, Minn., graduate who carried cross across country found dead in hotel room

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MOORHEAD - Everyone has their crosses to bear in life, but unlike others, Charles "Chuck" Johnson must have had the saying written on his soul.

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The 1980 Moorhead High School graduate crossed the country a dozen times in the last 11 years on a quest he said was given him by God.

But last week, in a hotel room in Florence, S.C., he laid his burden down for the last time, succumbing to a heart attack at age 49.

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