Occupy OKC Protester Found Dead In Tent In Downtown OKC

Monday, October 31st 2011, 5:07 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY – An Occupy OKC protester was found dead in his tent in downtown Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Police said the man was found dead in his tent at Robert S. Kerr Avenue and Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City.

According to police, it appears the man died of natural causes. However, this case is still under investigation.

Occupy OKC released the following statement on the death of the protestor.

"Occupy OKC is saddened by the passing of one of the participants camping at Kerr Park in Oklahoma City earlier this afternoon. Known simply as 'The Poet,' he was a very friendly and outgoing person. Known to be homeless, Occupy OKC provided him with food, clothing, and shelter. At a Candlelight Vigil last night to honor first responders, The Poet delivered a powerful poetic commentary about the complexities of homelessness and drug abuse, and the system's failure to adequately deal with these issues. The Poet was found dead in his tent at Kerr Park earlier this afternoon by other participants. Police and emergency personnel were immediately contacted. Occupy OKC is withholding information concerning The Poet's identity pending notification of his family by authorities. Police are currently at the scene investigating his cause of death which is presently unknown and Occupy OKC is in full cooperation with their investigation. Occupy OKC has been actively cooperating with the Oklahoma City Police Department to ensure the safety of all participants at the Kerr Park occupation."

According to Occupy OKC, all their scheduled events on Monday have been canceled.