Norman investigators determined no foul play was involved in the shooting death of former state Sen. Jonathan Nichols.

Nichols, 53, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Norman home the evening of June 5. The Norman police investigation will conclude once the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office files a final report.

Nichols represented Norman's State Senate District 15 from 2000 until he termed out in 2012 and served as the University of Oklahoma's vice president of governmental relations from 2016 to 2018. He graduated from OU with his juris doctorate in 1993 and worked as an attorney and as an assistant district attorney in Cleveland County.

Former colleagues and friends expressed their sorrow at his death and sympathy for his wife and children following his death.

"We are all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Sen. Jonathan Nichols. Oklahoma has lost a tremendous asset and political mind," Cleveland County Republican Party Chairman Dave Spaulding said. "We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends."

Caleb Slinkard was hired as the editor of the Norman Transcript in August of 2015. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce and previously was in charge of several newspapers in northeast Texas.

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