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Transient, 60s, Found Dead in Camper in Venice Parking Lot

A transient in his 60s who was living in a recreational vehicle is found dead Friday morning in a parking lot in the 1400 block of Lincoln Boulevard.

A transient in his 60s was found dead Friday morning in a recreational vehicle in a Venice parking lot along with a dog that was rescued, police said.

Officers were called about 10:35 a.m. to the parking lot behind The Talking Stick coffee shop in the 1400 block of Lincoln Boulevard after passers-by noticed an undressed man reclining in the vehicle, said a sergeant at the scene Friday with the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division.

Responding officers discovered the man had passed away and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County coroner's office was called to retrieve the body and conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

People reported seeing the man Thursday night and he was complaining that he wasn't feeling well, police said.

The man's identity was being withheld until notification of next of kin.

Animal control retrieved the small female dog and it will be put up for adoption, police said.

Deborah Lashever June 16, 2012 at 05:04 PM
This was not a "transient" this was a MAN. What a horrible way to title this article! You should be ashamed! How totally without compassion! Here is a MAN who died. He had a life. He had a dog that loved him. Now he is gone. God rest his soul. Let us give him at least the respect of a moment of silent reflection for him and for all the people who are looked at as "transients" and not people.
Chuck Mason June 17, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Resident, voter, cop, attorney, barber, architect, doctor, housewife, student, shot putter, Republican, accountant ............ or transient. Part of journalism, dear.
David Boothby June 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Hey Deborah calm down. The Patch did not intend any negativity towards the passing of this man. Infact they brought his tragic death to your attention. Hardly an act of insensitivity.
Peggy Lee Kennedy June 18, 2012 at 09:18 PM
FYI I brought Bud's death to her attention Boothby and Bud lived in Venice for over 30 years. May he rest in peace.
Another WorldView June 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
30 years sounds less transient - and more permanent, to me. What didn't receive a story of any kind (that I'm aware of), was the death of a man named "John" out front of the nearby 7-11, a month or more back. To all appearances he might have been UnHoused - but it turns out that he wasn't. He had a new scooter/moped, and despite being a bit unkempt, had worked for the City Dept. of Rec and Parks within the previous 6 months. He'd been pushed out, 'retired', in spite of his desire to stay with the city, as I understand it. Long story short, as I was going-in to the store, he was down on the ground, with a trial of urine draining towards the cars parked out-front. He had two friends, who happened upon him, just as I rolled up on my bike. One was standing over him, trying to rouse him, while one was calling 911. Thinking that he was just drunk or whatever, I let them handle things, until I emerged from the store a few minutes later. As I did, I noticed that his friend hadn't been able to rouse him, and was standing over him still yelling his name. The party who had called 911 (a female) was now panicking, and started to scream that he was "turning blue".
Another WorldView June 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
At this point I realized that something was very wrong, and tried to assist. I first asked that the man who'd been trying to revive him get his friend to move back (panic never helps anything), and began giving chest compressions. I managed to get some color back into his face, but when the LAFD arrived they pronounced him dead, based on the blood pooling in his back. There had been several cops parked there, not a half-hour previous, and you have to wonder what his condition was at that time. In any event, lacking a lurid hook, "John" died, by himself, between 10:30 and 11PM-ish, out front of the Venice 7-11 - without much fanfare. Perhaps I should have forwarded the story to the Patch at the time. "Housed man (late 50's-early 60's) dies alone, in front of 7-11". But the reality is, that in the big city, people expire of "natural causes", all the time. It only makes headlines if there's a 'hook' to the story. In this case, the housing status of the deceased, was enough. In France I'm told that they use the term "sans addresse fixe". I'd prefer the term "UnHoused" to "transient" myself.
Another WorldView June 19, 2012 at 09:08 PM
That fails to acknowledge the journalistic choices being made to describe the deceased. For instance, people must have seen a lot more "Michael Jackson - King of Pop dead at..." , or "Michael Jackson - Troubled singer..." headlines, than they did, "Michael Jackson - Accused.....". For all we know, he could have been a student, barber, Republican, as well.
Linda Lucks June 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM
So very sad. I wonder if this man was registered with PATH, waiting for a housing voucher and just ran out of time. Or, did he need medical care and wasn't receiving it. 60's is way to young to die. RIP Bud - will someone send in his full name please.? And, give Boothby a home.
Deborah Lashever June 21, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Then "journalism" needs to get a heart. I am an author too and know you can spin the same announcement several ways. The author made a choice in the wording of the title. By focusing on "transient" the author is dehumanizing this man for the sake of sensationalism. I object wholehartedly to this and anything that dehumanizes anyone, especialy the unHoused who have a super rough go of it already. Please do not contribute to the prejudice that is plaguing our sweet community!
Another WorldView June 22, 2012 at 07:29 AM
I think that author reads these posts - and his lack of a defense shows me that he's not arguing with you Deb. I think that your point is well taken. Even Chuck Mason has let our points stand uncorrected thus far. That seems to be a plus of the Patch. Not only is the news super local - but with the comments section becomes an interactive exchange of ideas, whose synergy amounts to more than the sum of its parts.

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