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Man dies after passing out at SLO bus stop

A man in his late 40s died at a Madonna Road bus stop on Thursday from what police believe was a health-related cause.
A man in his late 40s died at a Madonna Road bus stop on Thursday from what police believe was a health-related cause.

A homeless man in his late 40s died at a Madonna Road bus stop on Thursday from what police believe was a health-related cause.

San Luis Obispo police Lt. John Bledsoe said the department received a call about 9:45 a.m. for a welfare check on the man, who was at the bus stop facing Madonna Road near the Starbucks in the Madonna Plaza Shopping Center. Police and fire officials found him unresponsive and not breathing, Bledsoe said.

“He was lying face down,” Bledsoe said. “He was passed out.”

Efforts to revive the man, who was known previously to police as a local homeless person, were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.

Bledsoe said authorities know the man’s name but are not releasing it pending notification of next of kin.

Police aren’t sure what medical complication specifically caused the death. It’s also unclear if the man was waiting for the bus or just sitting in the sheltered bus stop.

No foul play is suspected, and it’s unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the man’s death. Bystanders witnessed the scene, and many cars drove by as police attempted to save the man’s life.

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