Former State Rep. Dan Forestal dead at Indianapolis hotel

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) – Former state Rep. Dan Forestal of Indianapolis has died. He was 38.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office says Forestal’s manner of death wasn’t clear pending the return of toxicology results.

The Indianapolis Star reports the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department opened a death investigation Wednesday after officers conducting a welfare check found Forestal dead at a hotel.

Forestal was elected to the Statehouse in 2012. He resigned in June 2020 shortly after he was arrested on preliminary charges of battery of a public safety official, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

Forestal had openly described his “struggles with mental health.”

Governor Eric Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the death of the former Indiana lawmaker.

“Former State Representative Dan Forestal proudly served his constituents as a legislator and as an Indianapolis firefighter. He led with conviction and intention and was passionate on his mission to serve Hoosiers. Janet and I offer his loved ones our condolences and hope that they find peace and comfort in the coming days.”

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