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 gofundme.com/robert-johnson-needs-your-help.
LA County public defender dies after contracting West Nile virus
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