Police Closer to Figuring Out How Juneau Mayor Died

He suffered undisclosed injuries, possibly related to a fall
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2015 8:16 AM CST
Suicide Ruled Out in Juneau Mayor's Death
In this photo taken Oct. 23, 2015, Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk talks about his first week on the job during an interview in Juneau, Alaska.   (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP)

Juneau police aren't saying how newly elected Mayor Greg Fisk died, but they have ruled out suicide. Authorities add there was no evidence of drug use and Fisk, 70, suffered no gunshot wounds. However, Juneau's police chief says Fisk's body—found by his adult son at his home, where he lived alone, on Monday—shows he did suffer undisclosed injuries consistent with either a fall or an assault. "I cannot say if it was foul play or if it was not. I need to get cause of death first," Bryce Johnson tells the Alaska Dispatch News. Autopsy results are expected in a day or two. The AP reports there was no sign of forced entry at Fisk's house and "we are not actively looking for anyone," Johnson adds. "We don't have any indication that anyone is at any sort of risk."

People who knew Fisk suspect he died of natural causes. "I have no reason to suspect anything otherwise. I just know [police] are giving it the due diligence they give any unattended death," says Fisk's campaign chair, Bob King, echoing comments from a neighbor. "And this was the mayor." King adds Fisk had past medical issues, including a previous stroke, but was in good shape, swam daily, and often went hiking. "We sincerely appreciate the support of the community and we recognize that, as would be the case with any public figure, his death brings a lot of attention," Fisk's son says in a statement. "At this time we have no reason to speculate as to the cause of his death and are awaiting the results of his autopsy." (Click for more.)

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