Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Gabriel Pico, the leader of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in Southern California, apparently died of injuries he suffered during a brawl with a bouncer at a Denver strip club, The Denver Post said Thursday.
Jackson said details of Saturday's incident were not available and an exact cause of death was pending medical tests.
A statement from Pico's tribal band said in a statement Tuesday the head of their tribal council "suffered a heart attack early Saturday morning in Denver following the Democratic National Convention."
Tribal council chairman Mark Macarro added in the statement that Pico's death was a "big loss" for the tribe, the Post reported.
"This is a big loss for our tribe," Macarro said. "Though Gabe had only been in office a few weeks, it was evident that he was a tremendous asset to the council and the tribe. He will be missed dearly."
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