Former Blue Grass Airport Director Found Dead

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 9/11/2013 10:27 pm
The former executive director of Lexington's Blue Grass Airport was found dead in his apartment Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Gobb, 50, was working for the SteinGroup in Lexington, which issued a statement about his death.

He was found by a colleague after Gobb didn't show up for any of his Wednesday appointments.

The Fayette County Coroner refused to answer any questions Wednesday night about Gobb's death.

Gobb was the executive director of Blue Grass Airport for ten years. 

He was in charge of the airport in August 2006 when Comair Flight 5191 crashed on takeoff, killing 49 of the 50 people on board.

Three years later, Gobb and other airport executives were forced to resign by the airport board over a spending scandal, that included a scathing audit by the state that detailed more than $500,000 in questionable and undocumented expenses made by several executives, including Gobb.

Gobb was eventually placed on 5-years probation by a Fayette Circuit Judge, ordered to complete community service and undergo random drug and alcohol testing.

"Michael struggled mightily to put his life together, and we thought he was on his way to a full recovery.  Our prayers are with his family and friends at this time of great loss.  We will miss our good friend and valued colleague for his professionalism and his ever-present smile," said SteinGroup president and CEO, Alan Stein, in a prepared statement.
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