Former Cocoa Mayor Jake Williams Jr. was found dead Monday afternoon at his home, according to investigators with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a residence in unincorporated Cocoa where a man was found unresponsive. Paramedics said he was pronounced dead at the home and later identified as 60-year-old Williams.
The sheriff’s office homicide unit is investigating Williams’ death but at this time there is no evidence to suggest foul play. A cause of death was not available at the time of this report.
Vickey Mitchner, who served as manager of William’s re-election bid this fall, told News 6 partner Florida Today she believes Williams died of a heart attack.
Williams, who had been Cocoa city mayor since 2018, was recently defeated in the November election.
Williams was a retired space worker and an Air Force veteran. In addition to serving as mayor, he was a former city council member and served on the Space Coast Transportation Planning Agency Board. He was also the second vice president of the Central Brevard NAACP.