SoCal Politician's Son Dies in Apparent Cliff Fall

UCSB student's body discovered on beach

The son of Irvine City Council member and congressional candidate Beth Krom died after an apparent fall from a cliff near the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a student, officials said Monday.

The body of Noah Jason Krom, 22, was discovered early Saturday by three people walking on a beach, Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokesman Drew Sugars said.

Krom is believed to have fallen from the steep shoreline cliff after 10 p.m. Friday, Sugars said. Investigators were seeking a cause of death and working to find out what he had done in the last 12 hours of his life, he said.

Beth Krom's congressional campaign spokeswoman Melahat Rafiei confirmed the man identified by deputies was the councilwoman's son.

Noah Krom was about to graduate with a degree in business economics and sports management, Rafiei said.

"We appreciate the kind thoughts, prayers and messages we have received from our friends, the community, and our colleagues, as well as messages from those who have touched Noah's life over the years," Beth Krom and her husband, Solly, said in a statement.

Beth Krom, a Democrat who has served on the Irvine council since 2000, is running against Republican incumbent John Campbell to represent California's 48th Congressional District.

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