Medical Examiner Report: Senator Committed Suicide

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner’s Office have concluded that Senator Gudex died of what appears to be a single gunshot wound to the chest. 

Preliminary investigation indicates the wound was self-inflected. 

The Senator’s body was found at approximately 1:34 a.m. in the Town of Eden, Fond du Lac County. 

Further follow up investigation as well as toxicology results are pending.   

(WFRV) The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the death of Senator Rick Gudex.

Foul play is not suspected in his death, however the Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Medical Examiner’s Office on the active investigation.

Gudex was born in Eden, Wisconsin in 1968. 

He was the Mayor of Mayville in 1998. In 2009, he won a seat on the Fond du Lac City Council. 

In 2012, he was elected Senator. Gudex decided not to run for reelection this year.

Candidate for Wisconsin's 18th State Senate district Dan Feyen released this statement: 

"At this difficult time, I am asking that the citizens of the State of Wisconsin keep State Senator Rick Gudex’s wife and family in their thoughts and prayers.  Rick Gudex was a dedicated public servant who will be deeply missed. His friendship and trust meant so much to me.  My wife Lori and I are praying for Rick’s wife, family, friends, and colleagues and asking that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers."

No further details were immediately released about his death.

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