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South Tampa Publisher Allegedly Committed Suicide, Police Say

Tampa Epoch publisher Bill Sharpe allegedly committed suicide Monday, April 2, according to Tampa Police.

Detectives are investigating the death of a South Tampa publisher, according to a Tampa Police press release.

Bill Sharpe allegedly committed suicide Monday morning, April 2, at his business in North Hyde Park, police say. Sharpe was 59.

An employee found Sharpe when he arrived at work at about 9:07 a.m. Monday, according to the release.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause of death, the release said.

For the last seven years, Sharpe was the publisher of South Tampa Community News and , a street newspaper for the homeless, last November, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Sharpe to give indigent people a source of income.

joyce michele April 03, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Bill Sharpe was an idealist who made a difference in the lives of others. We were neighbors in the 90s and like so many, i was touched by his sincerity and his willingness to step up when most stepped away. He created the Sohotampa sites and lived in Hyde Park for many years. His legacy will live on. Joyce Michele
Angeline Martinez April 04, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Such a tragedy for a man who was clearly for the good of the people. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.

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