Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bell City Council Candidate Dies Suddenly of Unknown Illness

Bell City Council Candidate Dies Suddenly of Unknown Illness

Bell resident Miguel Sanchez. (Courtesy
Bell resident Miguel Sanchez. (Courtesy

BOYLE HEIGHTS (KTLA) -- Miguel Alejandro Sanchez, a long time resident of the city of Bell and one of the outspoken critics of the Bell City Council, died suddenly Friday. He was 34.

Sanchez, who was running for one of the empty seats on the recently beleaguered city council, was found pronounced dead of an unknown illness around 3 p.m. Friday, just hours after he was admitted to L.A. County-USC Medical Center, Bell police officials said.

He was a resident of the city of Bell for 32 years and was active in the unveiling of the city council salary scandal in the summer of 2010.

Friends said Sanchez had recently complained about the stress of the election and was stricken last week with flu-like symptoms. They also said that he looked incoherent when he was rushed to the hospital Friday.

The part-time teacher and city park employee was part of the "Justice for Bell" slate, which, according to the L.A. Times, came under fire for receiving $60,000 in campaign contributions from a retired Woodland Hills businessman.

"Miguel was a close friend and member of our slate that fought for justice," said fellow candidate Mario Rivas. "I will always remember Miguel as a humble and caring human being that put the interest of others before his. I was confident that he would of been an extraordinary councilman with limitless potential had he been elected."

The special election to replace the city council is scheduled for Tuesday. It is unknown if Sanchez's name will remain on the ballot.

He is survived by his mother and two siblings.

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