The mayor of Hyattsville, a Maryland suburb outside of Washington, D.C., died by suicide on Tuesday.
“Mayor Ward was a valued and trusted leader and a fierce advocate for all the people of Hyattsville. We are heartbroken at this loss and extend our deepest sympathy to his family,” the city added.
City Council Vice President Robert Croslin will now take over as interim mayor.
No details about his funeral services have been released as the city asked for privacy for the family.
The city provided the Community Crisis Services hotline number along with the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Ward lives on through his husband and two adopted sons, according to the local outlet.