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Activist-author's death in Huntington Beach fire not considered suspicious

June 16, 2010 |  6:02 pm

Two weeks after author and activist Jim Purcey, 59, died in a parking garage fire at his Huntington Beach apartment complex, police said there was "nothing suspicious" about his death.

Supervising Deputy Coroner Dan Aikin of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Huntington Beach Police Lt. Russell Reinhart said the cause of the May 31 fire was still under investigation.

Reinhart said detectives were awaiting the results of a toxicology report, which could take up to two months. He noted, though, that Purcey's death appeared to be either an accident or suicide.

"There's nothing suspicious about it at this time, but we're still waiting for all those reports before we do anything else with the investigation," Reinhart told the Huntington Beach Independent.

-- Michael Miller in Orange County