Tampa, Florida -- 10 News usually does not report on suicides, but in this case, we felt it was significant.

According to Tampa Police, 59-year-old Bill Sharpe was found dead in his office Mondaymorning.

Sharpe was known as a local publisher. He was the founder and creator ofSouth Tampa Community News and the Tampa Epoch.

We interviewed Sharpe last November, when he allowed the homeless to sell the Epoch so they wouldn't be arrested after a new panhandling law went into effect.

He was also the former chairman of the Pinellas County Democratic Party, although he had been living in SoHo since 2001.

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