Former Ga. senator apparent suicide

Robert Brown, of Macon, led Senate Democrats for years

MACON, Ga. — Former Georgia state Sen. Robert Brown, the fiery leader of the chamber’s Democrats for six years, was found dead at his home Thursday.

Macon Police Department spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said the 61-year-old Brown was found in his bedroom with a single gunshot wound to the head. Police said the lawmaker’s death was an apparent suicide.

According to Gaudet, authorities went to Brown’s home after family members expressed concern that they had not heard from him in several days. Fire officials who forced their way into the locked home found Brown dead at approximately 4:56 p.m

In a statement, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle called Brown “a colleague and a real friend.”

“I admired his passionate public service and unwavering commitment to his constituents,” Cagle said. “He was one of the sharpest political minds in the Senate and will be greatly missed.”

State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, said he was devastated by the news.

“He was not only a colleague that I worked with,” said Fort, the current Democratic Whip whose seat in the Senate was not far from Brown’s perch in the back right-hand corner of the chamber. “He was a friend, an advisor. It’s not only a loss for Macon, it’s a loss for this state. He really cared about people. I’ll miss him so much.”

Brown was first elected in a special election in 1991 to fill an unexpired term. He was elected Democratic Leader in 2005. He left the Senate this year to launch a failed bid for Macon mayor, finishing third in the Democratic primary in July. .

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