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Former Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin Dies



    Former Chicago police superintendent LeRoy Martin passed away Saturday.


    Chicago police say a former superintendent who led the department under two mayors died this weekend at age 84.


    LeRoy Martin joined the force in 1955 and was top cop from 1987 until 1992. He died Saturday from heart failure in Dyer, Ind.

    The department confirmed his death, releasing a statement extending its "sincerest condolences."

    Martin worked for mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley and was the second African-American to lead the agency.

    Three months ago, Martin suffered a heart attack and recently broke his hip.

    “The Chicago Police Department extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of former Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin, who passed away today," a statement from the Chicago Police Department read. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Martin family at this time.”