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Death of developer and civic leader Doug Ring may be tied to overdose of pills, says coroner's investigator

November 13, 2009 |  7:19 am

The Los Angeles County Coroner's office is investigating whether Doug Ring, a prominent Los Angeles developer and attorney, may have taken his own life.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division is investigating the death. The cause was listed as undetermined, pending a final coroner's report, said LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera. She said police and fire units responded to Ring's Brentwood home Thursday afternoon after a 911 call was made.

"There was some indication that he may have taken an overdose of pills," said coroner's Investigator Jerry McKibben, citing an initial police report. He stressed, however, that an official cause of death won't be determined until after an autopsy is performed. Investigators have ruled out homicide, he said.

Ring, 65, was a familiar face in local government, serving on various L.A. city committees over the last two decades. He also was a noted philanthropist, serving as executive director of USC's Selden Ring Award, a prestigious investigative journalism honor. It was named after his father, a well-known L.A. developer.

Ring made headlines both in his posts in local government and in his sometimes controversial lease holdings in Marina del Rey. He also helped spearhead the effort to rebuild the L.A. Central Library after it was damaged by fire and was involved with the growth of the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown L.A., among other local arts institutions.

Ring was married to former L.A. City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.

— Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez