IU Police Chief Keith Cash dies at 50

IU Police Chief Keith Cash died Wednesday at the age of 51.
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Indiana University Police Chief Keith Cash passed away Wednesday in Bloomington.

An Indiana University release says Cash, 50, died of natural causes at Bloomington Hospital Wednesday evening.

An autopsy performed Thursday showed that Chief Cash died as a result of aortic stenosis that resulted in his natural death.

"We're all very saddened," IU spokesperson Mark Land said.

Cash joined the Indiana University police force in 1984 and was named chief in October 2010. He is a native of Jeffersonville, who earned bachelors and masters degrees from IU Bloomington.

"Keith served Indiana University with enormous distinction and honor for nearly three decades culminating in a highly successful, and all too short, tenure as chief," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Keith's love for this university, and the Bloomington campus in particular, was apparent to all who knew him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family members. He will be greatly missed, and we all grieve at the loss of such a wonderful man."

In 2011, IU student media honored Cash with the Trevor R. Brown Award, which is given to the campus staff member "who demonstrated respect and support for the First Amendment and student media."

"Keith was ideally suited for the role of police chief of one of the largest college campuses in the United States," said Mark Bruhn, associate vice president for public safety and institutional assurance. "Keith was admired and respected by the entire police force and, on a personal note, I will be forever grateful for his wise counsel. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

IU Executive Vice President for Regional Planning Policy and Analysis John Applegate added: "Keith had a deep understanding of the IU Bloomington campus and community, as well as an appreciation of the unique challenges of ensuring the safety of the more "than 40,000 students who call IU Bloomington home each year."

Cash oversaw a police force of approximately 100 officers on the IU Bloomington campus. Deputy Chief Laury Flint will serve as acting police chief until a permanent successor is named.

"(He was) the type of leader you can't replace and a true mentor to me and other members of the force," Flint said.

"Keith was as fine an officer as I have had the honor to work with during my more than 30 years with the IU Police Department," said Jerry Minger, who oversees the police forces on all IU campuses in his role as public safety director. "I have lost a dear friend and the IU community has lost one of its best advocates and protectors. The entire IU Police family mourns the loss of Keith Cash."

Cash is survived by his mother, Judy, his father, Tom, and his brother, Steve and Mike Cash. He would have celebrated his 51st birthday this Saturday.

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