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A dead body was found Sunday on a couch on the sidewalk off Cedar avenue and Anaheim street, a corner where homeless persons commonly sleep on sidewalk mattresses or bare concrete at night and day.
Firefighters responded to calls and found the man’s body, pronouncing him dead around 6:46 p.m. His identity has not been confirmed but he is described as being in his 50’s and public onlookers said he was probably African-American.
Police said the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious and that a county coroner will confirm the cause of death.
Witness accounts vary. One person said he had seen the man alive earlier “drinking in the sun.”
Another person who lives on the street said that he had bicycled by the deceased man – whom he thought was ostensibly sleeping on the couch – the night before, warning him, “it’s going to get cold.”
Multiple onlookers said they hope the city to do more for the homeless persons in the neighborhood, either by responding better to crime reports or suggesting that more resources are needed to help those living without shelter.