Former Broward County judge found dead at his home

Body of Lawrence 'Chris' Roberts found Sept. 4; medical examiner lists cause of death as cardiovascular disease

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - A former South Florida judge died of natural causes at his home.

Lawrence "Chris" Roberts, 69, was found dead during a welfare check requested by relatives Sept. 4.

The Broward County medical examiner's office listed the cause of death as cardiovascular disease.

Roberts began his career as a probation officer before becoming a prosecutor and later a judge. Roberts was the youngest judge in the state when he was elected to the bench.

He was forced to resign after a drunken-driving incident involving a gun that led to a DUI conviction.

Roberts had most recently worked as a criminal defense attorney. Friend and fellow attorney David Bogenschutz said Roberts had taken on a lighter workload following heart surgery.

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