Former U.S. Congressman and Middle East peace activist Wayne Owens died Wednesday night during a walk along the beach in Tel Aviv.

Owens, 65, left the Hilton Hotel where he was staying to take a walk, as he usually did, around 7 P.M. About two hours later, his lifeless body was found by hotel workers in the vicinity of the hotel. It is believed he died of a heart attack.

Owens was president of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, founded by American Jewish tycoon Danny Abraham.

Owens was born in Utah and was active in the Mormon Church before being elected to Congress in 1972, and again 12 years later. Together with Abraham, he visited Israel and the Arab countries dozens of times and met regularly with Middle East leaders in an attempt to foster peace. He was recently involved in promoting regional water desalination projects.