Assemblyman Anthony Portantino's brother died in San Diego after apparently jumping from a seven-story hotel near Balboa Park.
Michael Portantino, 52, was the publisher of San Diego's Gay and Lesbian Times and a leader in the gay and lesbian community. His body was discovered Wednesday night.
Local media reported that he was devastated after having to close the weekly publication in October due to financial difficulties.
In a statement released by his family, he was remembered as a fierce advocate who worked tirelessly to push those around him to be live up to their fullest potential.