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Richard Cross, former Ehrlich speechwriter, dies at 51

Richard Cross, former Ehrlich speechwriter, dies at 51

Richard J. Cross III, a speechwriter for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. who became a Republican renegade after leaving the State House, has died. He was 51.

Police said he was found dead Thursday afternoon in his home in the 1900 block of Thames St. in Fells Point. A spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office said Friday that the cause of death had not been determined. Police said there were no signs of foul play.

Mr. Cross’ sister, Gina Cross, said friends noticed that he hadn’t been posting on Facebook or showing up at a favorite restaurant, which raised concerns. Building managers checked his apartment.

Raised in Towson and Timonium, Mr. Cross attended...

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