FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE:
Bibb County coroner Leon Jones said an autopsy performed Friday morning confirmed that Robert Brown committed suicide with a single gunshot to the head.
Former state Sen. Robert Brown of Macon is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to Bibb County coroner Leon Jones.
He said Brown was found dead Thursday at his 1435 Briarcliff Road home in East Macon.
He said Brown was 61.
A Macon police crime-scene unit investigated at the home Thursday evening.
Jones said no one had any contact with Brown since yesterday.
Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said Brown friend and personal attorney, David Oedel, got a call from a family member of the senator. He called 911 around 5 p.m. after he found Brown's car in the carport and the house locked.
Former state Rep. David Lucas, a longtime friend, said he was concerned when he wasn't able to reach Brown today. He said Brown had been ill lately.
And another longtime colleague, former state Rep. DuBose Porter, said he spoke to Brown about a week ago and he said he'd been ill. He said Brown downplayed his illness and Porter thought it might have been the flu.
Brown served on Bibb County's school board, served 20 years in the state Senate and left earlier this year to run unsuccessfully for mayor of Macon.
He was also a staunch Democrat. In the Senate, he served as majority leader and then, when Republicans took over in 2005, he was elected Senate minority leader.