CALDWELL -- Former Idaho Rep. Brandon Hixon was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday morning.
Caldwell Police found Hixon's body at about 7 a.m. at his home. The death was ruled a suicide by the Canyon County Coroner's Office. He was 36.
Speaker Scott Bedke announced Hixon's death on the House floor shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday, asking lawmakers to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers.
Hixon's death comes after a spate of issues in his personal life. He resigned as lawmaker in October after the Caldwell Police Department launched an sexual abuse investigation into him. That case was later handed over to the Idaho Attorney General's Office, which has repeatedly declined to release details about the case.
No charges had been filed in that case as of Tuesday morning.
Hixon was also arrested twice for driving under the influence last month. His next court date was set for next week.
Hixon, a Republican, was elected to the House in 2012, winning his re-election in 2014. Rep. Jarom Wagoner was appointed to his vacated seat in November.
According to the Associated Press, Hixon leaves behind four children ranging in age from 6 to 17.
Nampa Republican Rep. Christy Perry issued the following statement on Tuesday:
"With the passing of Representative Brandon Hixon, we are reminded once again, suicide knows no bounds. Please take the time to reach out to those experiencing extreme stress or otherwise vulnerable. All life is valuable. My husband and I express our sincere sympathy to members of his family and others left behind."
If you or someone you know needs to talk, call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at (208) 398-4357.