SALEM A Marion County judge was found dead Monday at his home from an accidental fall.

Circuit Court Judge Albin Norblad, 74, was not answering his telephone Monday, so Salem police went to check on him and found him deceased inside his home.

An autopsy performed Tuesday by the Oregon state medical examiner's office determined that Norblad died of a subdural hematoma which was the result of an accidental fall.

According to Lt. Steve Birr, officials believe Norblad may have fallen after dealing with weather-related issues from the recent snow storm.

He said there was evidence Norblad was alive after his fall but did not seek medical help.

Authorities believe he died Friday. An investigation is ongoing.

The Statesman Journal says the presiding judge in Marion County Circuit Court, Jamese Rhoades, called Norblad a smart, feisty, cut-through-the baloney kind of judge.

The newspaper says he was a third-generation member of a family that produced a governor and a U.S. representative.

Norblad was in his 42nd year as a Marion County judge.

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