Man found dead in Occupy New Orleans encampment
Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 8:17 PM Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 7:54 AM
A 53-year-old man was found dead Tuesday inside a tent pitched at the Occupy New Orleans encampment at Duncan Plaza across from City Hall. He appears to have been living in the tent inside the occupation zone, said John Gagliano, chief investigator for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office.
The man appears to have been dead for at least two days, Gagliano said.
Police received a call shortly before 6 p.m. about the incident in the 1300 block of Perdido Street.
"There are no obvious signs of trauma to the body," Gagliano said.
At the moment, his death is "unclassified," according to authorities.
An autopsy will be performed soon to determine the cause of death, Gagliano said.
Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests, the Occupy New Orleans group opposes what it views as the disproportionate power wielded by corporations and the rich.