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Off-duty police officer found dead in apartment building lobby

Chicago Police Det. Patrick Finucane | Provided photo

Chicago Police Det. Patrick Finucane | Provided photo

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Updated: January 26, 2013 6:15AM

A Chicago policeman who had been with the department for 30 years was found dead in the lobby of his South Loop apartment building Sunday night.

Detective Patrick Finucane died of heart disease, an autopsy found Monday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’ office.

Finucane, who was off-duty at the time, was found unresponsive about 10:15 p.m. Sunday in the lobby of a building in the 700 block of South Wells, police said.

“Detective Finucane was a respected and dedicated member of the Chicago Police Department for 30 years, working tirelessly for both the city of Chicago and on behalf of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation,” Chicago Police spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said. “We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Former Police Supt. Phil Cline had known Finucane for many years, working with him in the 11th District, when Cline was a lieutenant on a tactical team there and, more recently, with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

“He was just a great cop,” Cline said. “He was the consummate professional over there. He worked hard and he was also a fun guy to be around. It’s just a shame he had to die so early.”

Cline said Finucane was a big supporter of the foundation, helping to organize and taking part in two major fund-raisers annually.

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