Longtime Democratic political strategist Kam Kuwata was found dead today in his Venice condominium, officials said. He was 57.
"I am greatly saddened by the passing of Kam Kuwata," Eric Bauman, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chairman, said. "Today, we lost a dear friend and a top Democratic political mind whose influential behind-the-scenes work had touched California and American politics alike."
The cause of death will have to be determined by the coroner's office, a police spokesman said.
"Kam's work extends nearly 30 years in campaign strategic planning, communications, and messaging," Bauman said. "He served in many key roles for major and local Democratic campaigns alike, including the campaigns of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Daniel Akaka and Alan Cranston; along with Gray Davis, Leo McCarthy, Jim Hahn and Robert Matsui ... On behalf of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, we extend our most sincere sympathy to the Kuwata family and friends."
Police went to Kuwata's home after friends became concerned about his welfare, Los Angeles police Sgt. Ron Pickering told the Los Angeles Times. He said there did not appear to be any sign of foul play.