Channel 13 legal analyst was 49
Former Houston city councilman Joe Roach is dead
Channel 13 reports that former Houston city councilman Joe Roach has died of complications from pneumonia, after a month-long hospitalization.
He was 49.
Roach, who was born with dwarfism, served on city council from 1994-2000. He had practiced criminal defense law for over 23 years and remained in the public eye as a legal analyst on Channel 13.
He is survived by his wife, Becky, and three children.
In a statement, Mayor Annise Parker expressed her condolences.
"Joe was a friend and colleague. We served together on City Council, but I also knew him when he was chief prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s office. We both have adopted children, which provided another reason for us to bond. He was an energetic, dynamic man who took his responsibilities very seriously and served as a role model for a segment of our population that often experiences discrimination. His passing came far too early in life. He will be dearly missed."