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Michigan lawmaker found dead hours after arrest

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State Rep. John Kivela (Source: Michigan House Democrats) State Rep. John Kivela (Source: Michigan House Democrats)

Gov. Rick Snyder and other state elected officials say they are saddened by the death of Michigan Rep. John Kivela whose body was found in a Lansing home after a possible drunken driving arrest.

Snyder called the Marquette Democrat a "great guy" in announcing Kivela's death Tuesday to reporters during a news conference on a state Supreme Court appointment.

Lansing police spokesman Robert Merritt says "at this point, there are no obvious indications of foul play" associated with Kivela's death.

 Kivela was arrested Monday along a highway in Clinton County. Sheriff Lawrence Jerue would not discuss the charge against Kivela, but the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday it was for suspected drunken driving.

Kivela pleaded guilty in December 2015 to drunken driving after his arrest the previous month in Clinton County.

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened to learn of John Kivela’s death. Having served with John in the legislature, I know how much he cared about his family, his friends, and the people he served in Marquette. Our hearts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out to his wife, Sandy, and his children, Shelby and Andrew.

If you or someone you know may be struggling and in need of help you are urged to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-8255.

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