Police investigating death of mayor of Alaska's state capital

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Posted: Dec 01, 2015 3:46 PM

(Reuters) - Police were investigating the death of Juneau's new mayor, Greg Fisk, while city officials said they were seeking legal advice on the succession.

Police found Fisk, 70, inside his home in the state capital on Monday afternoon after the mayor's son made an emergency call, Juneau's police department said in a statement. Fisk was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police spokeswoman said an investigation into the "unattended death" was under way, and that she had no further information on the cause or circumstances of Fisk's death.

Police said rumors that Fisk had been assaulted were mere "speculation." Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson told local broadcaster KTOO that there was no evidence of forced entry at the home, nor any suspicion of suicide.

The medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy, the results of which are expected in the coming days, police said.

Deputy Mayor Mary Becker said Fisk, who was elected in October and had been due to serve until 2018, was an avid fisherman who championed economic development and other causes.

Becker said she is assuming the role of acting mayor while the city attorney advises on succession protocols.

City and Borough of Juneau clerk Laurie Sica said on Tuesday that a statement would be released once officials determine the next steps for the city's leadership.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker said Monday had been a sad day, and that his thoughts and prayers were with Fisk's family.

"He will be remembered for his dedicated service to the community of Juneau," Walker said in a statement overnight.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; editing by Daniel Wallis and Phil Berlowitz)