OPSO Lt. Dies While Working Out

A 55-year-old Lieutenant with the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has died while working out at the gym at NOPD headquarters.

The body of Fred Austin was found on Tuesday afternoon.  

The coroner has yet to release the cause of death but there is speculation he may have suffered a heart attack.

Austin joined the Sheriff's Office in February 2015 after retiring from the NOPD, a force he joined in 1981.

“On behalf of the entire OPSO family, I’m saddened to hear of Lt. Austin’s passing.  I want to extend my sincere condolences to Lt. Austin’s family,” said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman.

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