Map of Montecito Heights Recreation Center

MONTECITO HEIGHTS -- A man was found dead outside the Montecito Heights Recreation Center as families were celebrating Easter on Sunday afternoon. But police said the death was apparently not a case of homicide.

Officers responded to calls of a man found lying on the floor outside of the recreation center at about 4 p.m., said Sgt. David Torres with LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division.

On arrival, the officers found a man in his late 50s or early 60s who had died of apparent natural causes, said Torres. He added that police found paperwork on the man suggesting he had medical issues.

The body was transported from the park by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Families were celebrating Easter as the coroner staff and a police officer removed the body from a spot near the building entrance and took it to a van in the parking lot, said an Eastsider reader.

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter covering crime, lifestyle and social justice in her native Los Angeles.

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