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Longtime Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Eugene Kane passes away at 63

Updated: 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office reported the death of longtime Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Eugene Kane. He was 63 years old. 

Kane wrote extensively about racial issues and became an influential voice in the city during his tenure with the Journal Sentinel. 

After leaving that newspaper, he wrote for On Milwaukee and most recently he wrote for Urban Milwaukee. 

The ME's office said Kane died at his home in Milwaukee near Knapp and Astor Streets. No cause of death has been given, but they are testing for COVID-19. 

Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas released the following statement about Kane's death.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of a Milwaukee treasure, Mr. Eugene Kane. Eugene had the unique ability to cause his readers and listeners to experience greater introspection. No matter the topic, when Eugene opined it was for the purpose of expanding people’s outlook and perspective. Rarely in our community has a writer or columnist come along with such an ability. His musings inspired many, from every generation and from every ethnicity. His talent and gift will be missed but will forever be remembered by those who knew and followed him. I send my sincerest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. Eugene now rests with the ancestors but thank God for letting him shine his light on us.”

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Published: 2:59 p.m. on April 16, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- An investigation is underway after a 63-year-old man was found deceased inside his residence near Knapp and Astor Streets. 

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office pronounced the man dead at 12:56 p.m., and family was notified. 

According to the ME's Office, COVID-19 testing is underway and results should come back Friday. 

The official cause of death has not been determined. 

This is a developing story. Stick with CBS 58 on air and online for updates. 


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Lawrence 45 days ago
Eugene Kane's work was important and taught me plenty. RIP.
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