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Sulphur mayoral candiate Fred Baden, 35, was found dead Sunday morning in his home. (Special to the American Press)

Sulphur mayoral candiate Fred Baden, 35, was found dead Sunday morning in his home. (Special to the American Press)

Sulphur City Council candidate found dead

Last Modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 12:18 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

A candidate for Sulphur City Council was found dead Sunday morning, authorities said.

Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said the body of Frederick H. “Fred” Baden II was discovered at his home by a family member.

Police have ruled out foul play and suicide at this time. Baden was 35.

“Apparently, he died in his sleep at some point last night,” Coats said Sunday afternoon.

Police are investigating it at this time as a natural death, Coats added.

His body has been turned over to the Calcasieu Parish coroner’s office, which will rule on the cause of death within the next 4-6 weeks.

Baden recently announced his candidacy for the District 4 Sulphur City Council seat. The election is three weeks away on Saturday, April 6.

Baden, a Republican, lived in Sulphur for seven years. He was a master plumber and owned his own plumbing company.

Baden had said he learned a great deal about government from his father, who had only an eighth-grade education, yet started his own plumbing company, served on the Pineville City Council for four years and served as mayor of the city for 28 years.“I listened, watched and learned how city government should be open, ran and influenced by the voters,” Baden has said. “My majoring in business gives me an edge into the fiscal operations of a municipality. I have a professional background in public utilities. I also come from a family with deep ties to local fire and police departments.”

He has said the future of Sulphur “is the next generation.”

“It is my belief that we should leave our beloved city in better shape than we came to find it and not just kick the can down the road,” Baden has said.

He is survived by his wife, Celeste, and six children.

Posted By: J Johnson On: 3/18/2014

Title: Sad Story

This is such a sad story. I live in Pineville and knew his dad, who was a good man. He was mayor and did the city of Pineville a good service. I'll be praying for his family!

Posted By: Dot Mickel - family friend On: 3/18/2014

Title: Official Medical Cause of Death Needed

Until autopsy completed by the coroner cause of death has not been identified. The autopsy will take 4-6 weeks but cause of death is believed due to a heart attach or possible stroke.

Posted By: Jenny Raza On: 3/17/2014


I only knew Fred Baden for a short time and i was currently helping him put together his flyers and letters for the Campaign just this weekend. He told me about what all the good he would have done for the city of Sulphur if he was elected and how he wanted Sulphur to finally get water meters for all homes and businesses. I learned a lot from him in just a short time that i knew him and im sure people that knew his many years feel the same. When i learned of his death on Sunday, i was shocked but i also knew he was greatly stressed out and overwhelmed. May he rest in peace

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