Douglas County District Court Judge Mark Ashford has died at the age of 66.
Ashford was found dead in his chambers by an attorney just before 6 o'clock. Omaha Fire Paramedics pronounced him dead. Foul play is not suspected and an autopsy will be performed Thursday.
Ashford was appointed to the county court bench in 1988 and was appointed to the district court bench in 2000.
Ashford leaves behind a wife and grown children. His brother is former Congressman Brad Ashford. He posted on Facebook: "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Mark was a great man, a great brother, a great father, a great friend, and a great judge. He will be always missed and forever loved."