Francis R. Slay, father to St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay has passed away at age 83. He was suffering from a heart illness.
The elder Slay was deeply involved in St. Louis City politics.
He served as a State Representative during the 1960's, was a 23rd Ward Committeeman for 45 years and served as the city's Recorder of Deeds.
Former Aldermanic President Jim Shrewsbury said Slay's reputation was one of integrity and respect.
Springfield Mayor Timothy Davlin's death has been ruled a suicide.
A Sangamon County inquest Thursday determined the 53-year-old Democrat died of a close-contact bullet wound to the heart in a vehicle parked at his home Dec. 14.
Investigators say they found no note from Davlin. They say there were no signs of foul play and no drugs or alcohol in his body.
Davlin apparently called 911 from a cordless landline phone in his car but hung up.
UPDATED 2:54 p.m. Dec. 15:
According to a news release from the Sangamon county Coroner's Office Davlin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
UPDATED 4:20 p.m. Dec. 14:
In a press release, the Illinois State Police announced that they have been asked by the Springfield Police Department to conduct an investigation into Davlin's death. The Illinois State Police will also be performing the autopsy on Dec. 15.
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