LA County public defender dies after contracting West Nile virus

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Robert Johnson, a longtime Los Angeles County public defender and father of two, has died after contracting West Nile virus.

It's not clear when the 53-year-old got the virus, which is spread after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Johnson's family said he had no underlying health problems.

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He was hospitalized in September then transferred to a long-term acute care facility last week. He died Saturday.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help create a college fund for Johnson's sons. To donate, visit
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