Tim Landis dies
SJ-R scribe found dead this morning
Tim Landis, longtime reporter for the State Journal-Register, has died.
Landis, 66, was found dead this morning by his wife, according to the Sangamon County coroner’s office.
“She woke up this morning and found him unresponsive,” said Jim Allmon, chief deputy coroner at the coroner’s office. She called EMS, but he was gone.”
The death is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected, Allmon said. An autopsy will be conducted, likely today, which is standard procedure when someone who isn’t under the care of a doctor for a known serious medical condition dies unexpectedly, he said.
Landis had worked for the SJ-R since the mid-1990s. Most recently, he was the paper’s business editor.
“What a great guy,” said Barry Locher, former SJ-R editor. “What a big loss for everybody. He was always smiling and doing the best that he could. A helluva straight-up guy.”
Landis was known both for his writing and for appearances on local radio, where he delivered news on business and the local economy. In the newsroom, he was known for a quiet, welcoming manner.
“Everyone liked him – everyone in the office liked him,” Locher recalled. “I liked the way he represented the paper to the public. People liked him. People liked to be interviewed by Tim Landis. He was a great ambassador, not only for the newspaper, but for the community in general. I just thought the world of him. Like everyone else.”
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