Katie Hill’s brother found dead

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - VAL­LEY PRESS STAFF RE­PORT

SAUGUS — The younger brother of for­mer 25th Con­gres­sional District rep. Katie Hill, was found dead over the week­end, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports and Hill’s so­cial me­dia.

A man found un­re­spon­sive in his home in the 19000 block of Via Joyce Drive in Saugus at about noon on Satur­day, was later iden­ti­fied by the Los An­ge­les County Coro­ner’s of­fice as Daniel Brett Ben­nett, 20, ac­cord­ing

to The (Santa Clarita Val­ley) Sig­nal.

“Yes­ter­day, my baby brother Danny — a young man who over­came so much in his short life with so much prom­ise ahead — passed away,” Hill posted Sun­day morn­ing on her Facebook and Twit­ter ac­counts. “My heart is break­ing and I will miss him for­ever. Prayers for our fam­ily in this im­pos­si­bly dif­fi­cult time would be ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s

Homi­cide de­tec­tives found no ev­i­dence of foul play at the scene, ac­cord­ing to a release from the Sher­iff’s In­for­ma­tion Bureau sent on Satur­day.

There is no re­port yet on the cause of death from the coro­ner.

Hill could not be reached for fur­ther com­ment Mon­day.

She an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion on Oct. 27, fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of im­proper re­la­tions with staff mem­bers that trig­gered a House Ethics Com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­ga­tion and fol­low­ing the release of nude pho­tos of Hill in on­line con­ser­va­tive out­lets.

She de­nied any wrong­do­ing and has said she was the vic­tim of a revenge porn cam­paign.

Hill de­feated for­mer Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, in the 2018 Blue Wave that gave Democrats con­trol of the House.

A spe­cial elec­tion to fill the re­main­der of her term to Jan­uary 2021 will be held at the same time as the March 3 pri­mary elec­tion for the seat.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF KATIE HILL

For­mer Rep. Katie Hill’s younger brother Danny Ben­nett, shown here at his grad­u­a­tion from boot camp, in a photo posted to Hill’s Facebook page, was found dead in his Saugus home, Satur­day.

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