Nothing Nefarious at Play in Juneau Mayor's Death

Greg Fisk died of natural causes
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2015 7:54 AM CST
Nothing Nefarious at Play in Juneau Mayor's Death
Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson addresses reporters during a news conference, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Juneau, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

"The first assumption was someone had done something to him," but the reality is much less nefarious: Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson on Wednesday announced that the city's newly installed mayor died of natural causes, reports the Alaska Dispatch News. Though the AP notes Greg Fisk was found "bruised and bloodied," the injuries he sustained—which Johnson specified were on his face—resulted from a fall, not an attack, per preliminary autopsy results.

The 70-year-old is believed to have hit a counter and "other objects" as he fell; Fisk was found dead Monday by his son after he was a no-show at morning appointments. Police believe Fisk died that same morning, and while the specific cause of death hasn't been given, Johnson did note that Fisk's health history included heart issues. Fisk had been in the job since October; Deputy Mayor Mary Becker has been named acting mayor. (More Juneau stories.)

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