Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael McAllister found dead

TROY, Ala. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael McAllister was found dead Sunday at his home in Troy following a welfare check, according to our news partners at McAllister was 69 at the time of his death.

“Nobody heard from him for a few days, so the deputies went down and had to force entry to the residence,” said Pike County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Buck Williams. “He had already been deceased [when deputies found him], and there was no any evidence of foul play. He had a bunch of health problems.”

The chief deputy said he did not know what the specific health problems were and the sheriff’s office said McAllister was a former corrections¬†officer reported.

McAllister entered the Republican primary for governor but said he did not respond to repeated phone calls for an interview or to repeated invitations to participate in a candidate debate hosted by the publication.