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22-year Lawndale Mayor Harold Hofmann dies at 81

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Sheriffs officials say the longtime mayor of Lawndale passed away Saturday. 

Mayor Harold Hofmann, 81.,  died of natural causes, CBS reported. He'd been mayor of the small city for 22 years — 12 terms —  and had been part of Lawndale government since 1976. 

The Daily Breeze published an interview with the aging mayor shortly after his mayoral victory in 2012. In it, the paper said Hofmann still lived in the same home he grew up in, and had watched the city grow from a  2-square-mile " town of dirt roads and horses to the densely populated, predominantly Latino suburban community of 33,000 it is today." 

According to the Breeze:

Flags will be flown at half mast in Hofmann's honor, a sheriffs department statement said. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.