Police in Alaska Investigating Death of Mayor Found Dead Just Weeks After Taking Office
Police in Juneau are investigating the circumstances behind the death of 70-year-old Stephen "Greg" Fisk, who took office as the city's mayor in October.
The newly elected mayor of Alaska's capital city was found dead this week and police are addressing rumors about the circumstances that preceded his passing.
Stephen "Greg" Fisk, 70, was elected mayor of Juneau in October. The 70-year-old's adult son called 911 on Monday saying he found his father dead in his father’s home. Fisk was pronounced dead when authorities arrived.
Juneau Police spokesperson Erann Kalwara called the death "unattended," while also addressing speculation about an assault.
Read: Waffle House Customer Fatally Shoots Waitress Who Told Him to Put Out Cigarette: Cops
“JPD is aware of rumors that an assault occurred in connection with Fisk’s death,” Erann Kalwara said in a statement. “Those rumors are speculation. Detectives are actively investigating facts of the incident and all evidence is being preserved and documented.”
The Medical Examiner's Office authorized an autopsy, Juneau police said. "Results of the autopsy are expected within several days and will be used to determine the cause of death."
Fisk was a fisheries consultant who defeated incumbent Merrill Sanford last month, Reuters reports.
Read: Man Dies After Being Hit in the Head By a Skateboard at Starbucks
His deputy mayor, Mary Becker, described Fisk as a fisherman and a champion of economic development.
"It's a devastating event. He was a great person and he will be missed," said Becker, who will now take up the role of Juneau's acting mayor.
Fisk was elected October 6. He was due to serve until 2018.
Becker said she was taking up the role of acting mayor while the city attorney advises on succession protocols. The clerk with the City and Borough of Juneau would issue a media release on Tuesday, officials said.
Watch Below: Illinois Cop Found Dead Actually Planned Suicide After Laundering Money
Trending on Inside Edition
Atlanta Man Completes Epic Feat by Riding Every Operable Ride at all 12 Disney Parks in Less Than 2 WeeksEntertainment
Aiden Fucci Gets Life in Prison for Killing of Tristyn Bailey, Florida Cheerleader Stabbed 114 TimesCrime
Taylor Schabusiness, Suspect in Meth-Fueled Murder Who Attacked Attorney in Court, Fit to Stand Trial in JulyCrime
Teacher Resigns After Allegedly Taping 11-Year-Old Boy's Mouth ShutNews
Search for US Navy Sailor Who Vanished After St. Patrick's Day Ends After Officials 'Exhaust All Efforts'News
Beloved New York School Bus Driver Crochets Thousands of Hats for Students Since Picking Up Hobby 18 Years AgoHuman Interest