Death of Manatee man, 79, investigated as suicide

MANATEE - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office was investigating the death of a 79-year-old man found in the yard outside his home as an apparent suicide, according to a news release.

The man's son called deputies to report that he had found his father sitting in a chair in a yard in the 8000 block of 55th Street East, Palmetto. During a search of the man's residence, a deputy found a suicide note in the living room, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said the man died between 2 and 6 p.m. today.