Wilton Manors mayor, 41, dies

City issues statement confirming Justin Flippen’s passing

Wilton Mayors Justin Flippen dies at 41
Wilton Mayors Justin Flippen dies at 41

WILTON MANORS, Fla. – Wilton Manors Mayor Justin Flippen, 41, died unexpectedly Tuesday night.

Tuesday night around 10 p.m., a spokesperson for the city of Wilton Manors confirmed the news of the passing of Flippen while waiting for next of kin to be notified. Those close to him said he suffered a “medical episode.”

The official statement from the city of Wilton Manors:

“We are deeply saddened to share that Mayor Justin Flippen passed away earlier this evening. We ask that everyone respect Mayor Flippen’s memory, family members, friends, and our entire community that is mourning by allowing the City to provide official information via our website (, as well as the city’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Details, on when and how our community may come together to honor the life and legacy of Mayor Flippen, will be shared as they become available,” said Leigh Ann Henderson, City Manager of Wilton Manors."

When Tuesday’s city commission meeting began just after 7 p.m., it was announced that the mayor could not attend. After about 35 minutes, a recess was called. Soon after, the commission returned and adjourned the meeting due to an emergency. Flippen never made it to Tuesday night’s meeting.

Flippen was City Commissioner before being elected mayor in 2018. Active in the community, Flippen became a member of the Wilton Manors-based Dolphin Democrats in 1997 and served as president from 2008 to 2009, overseeing the growth of the club to over 400 members. Justin was also a member of the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus.

A graduate of Coconut Creek High School, Broward College, and Florida Atlantic University, he became Florida’s first openly-gay student body president at FIU, as well as serving as an intern for U.S. Senator Bob Graham.

He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law.

Officials have been posting condolences on social media.

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