U.S. mayor found dead in his home

09:22, December 15, 2010      

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Tim Davlin, mayor of Springfield, capital city of the U.S. state of Illinois, was found dead in his home on Tuesday morning, and the cause of his death is still under investigation, local media reported.

Davlin, who had been Springfield mayor since April 2003, was ordered to appear in court in a pending estate case involving his late cousin on Tuesday morning.

Police received a 911 call at 8.54 a.m., and authorities found the mayor at about 9:10 a.m., according to Springfield Police Chief Rob Williams.

The State Journal-Register is reporting that Davlin, 53, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, but local police didn 't confirm it and revealed no information about who made the 911 call.

Davlin, a father of four, was elected mayor in 2003. The two- term Democrat announced last month that he would not file to run for a third four-year term in 2011.

Source: Xinhua

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