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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Man found dead in Capitol office building

Correction appended.

A Gold Dome employee was found dead this morning on the fifth floor of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building across the street from the Capitol. The man's body was discovered by another employee this morning around 8-8:30 a.m, according to a legislator who has an office near the scene.

The man, who, according to the legislator, was found hanging in Room 502, which is used for video press conferences.

It is not clear when the man died. The lawmaker says Georgia Bureau of Investigation officers were on the scene.

"A man did die of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds and it was a full-time House staff member," said J.D. Easley of the House Communications Office. "We're asking everyone to respect the privacy of the family."

House Communications Office have not released the man's name. Phone calls and an email to Speaker Glenn Richardson's office have not been returned. The GBI did not return a phone call.

We'll provide an update when more information is available.

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