Greg Fisk, the mayor of Juneau, Alaska, has been found dead at a home in the city, police said on Monday.
Police responding to an emergency call found Fisk, 70, and pronounced him dead at the home in the state capital, Juneau's police department said in a statement. Alaskan media reported he was found dead in his own home.
A police spokeswoman said an investigation into the "unattended death" was underway but said she had no further information on the cause or circumstances of Fisk's death.
Police said a man, who they did not identify, made an emergency call on Monday afternoon to report a deceased person inside a residence.
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As it turns out James Brooks, a reporter from the Juneau Empire, is also a Reddit user and this is what he shared late last night:
The Juneau Police Department is sending Fisk's body to Anchorage for an autopsy to confirm a cause of death. That will take several days.
There are a lot of rumors floating around social media that say he was killed in an assault. Fisk's closest neighbors heard no such thing, and police are awaiting the results of an autopsy.
Fisk's body was discovered by his son, who began shouting and called for help.
Fisk did not die of suicide. There are no links to a recent double murder in Juneau. There were no signs of a break-in.
Deputy Mayor Mary Becker will serve as acting Mayor until a special election can be held to fill the mayorship.
I would urge everybody to keep the conspiracies to a minimum as the police work the case.
I will update this story as more details emerge.