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Joshua Allen, son of Councilor Gary Allen, dies at 35

Joshua Allen, 35, son of Columbus Councilor Gary Allan and grandson of former Mayor J.R. Allen, was pronounced dead Friday morning at the St. Francis Hospital emergency room, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.

His death was ruled to be of accidental causes and remains under investigation by the coronerís office, Bryan said.

Allen is survived by his parents, Gary and Kathy, and a brother, Zachary.

Gary Allen has served on council for 22 years, having first been elected in 1992. His father, for whom the J.R. Allen Parkway is named, is widely recognized as the father of the Consolidated Government. He died in an airplane crash while in office in 1973.

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