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The body of the unidentified man lies along Castillo Road

Tyler Hayden

The body of the unidentified man lies along Castillo Road


Man Found Dead Near Pershing Park Identified


Saturday, January 10, 2015

The man who collapsed and died on a Castillo Street sidewalk this Monday has been identified as 44-year-old Michael Gregory Taylor from Thousand Oaks. The cause of his death remains unknown pending a toxicology report.

A Sheriff's deputy with the coroner's office examines the body of a deceased homeless man in Pershing Park as his companions sit nearby
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Paul Wellman

A Sheriff's deputy with the coroner's office examines the body of a deceased homeless man in Pershing Park as his companions sit nearby

According to police, a neighbor saw Taylor, who was homeless, sitting on the sidewalk near Pershing Park shortly before 5:30 p.m. and asked if he was okay. Taylor responded he was fine, but a little while later, the neighbor saw him sprawled on the ground and called 9-1-1. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene. Taylor's body remained on the sidewalk for approximately an hour and a half before personnel with the S.B. County Coroner's Office removed it.

Taylor was the third person to die in or near Pershing Park since October. On October 10, 65-year-old Michael Bassett Sr., who was also homeless, died of what authorities found to be of natural causes. On December 9, Bassett's son, 44-year-old Michael Bassett Jr., died of an apparent drug overdose.

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