Former Southport Mayor Norman Holden found dead in apparent suicide

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) – When Norman Holden didn’t answer his phone Wednesday morning, Southport Police went to his home on Frink Drive to check on him.

Holden was part of We Care, a program used by police to check in on elderly residents daily.

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When police arrived at Holden’s home around 9:00 a.m., they found the former mayor in his yard, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Southport Police Chief Gary Smith.

Holden was mayor of Southport on and off for many years. He last served in 2007.

Normally, WWAY does not report on suicides, but given the prominence of the person involved we felt this case was an exception.