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Custodian found dead at Cape Canaveral launchpad

From John Zarrella, CNN
updated 6:54 PM EDT, Tue April 24, 2012
Pad 39A is one of the locations at the Kennedy Space Center from which space shuttle and Apollo missions were launched.
Pad 39A is one of the locations at the Kennedy Space Center from which space shuttle and Apollo missions were launched.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The man was found dead at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
  • Neither his identity nor a cause of death was released Tuesday
  • NASA says the pad leader discovered the body

(CNN) -- Florida authorities are investigating the death of a custodian whose body was found at a launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday afternoon, NASA reported.

The man, whose identity was not released, was found in a storage building near a liquid oxygen tank at pad 39A, one of the sites from which Apollo and space shuttle missions were launched, the space agency said. The pad leader discovered the body, and paramedics were unable to revive the man, NASA said.

No cause of death was released Tuesday afternoon. The man worked for the Brevard Achievement Center, which has a contract at the Cape Canaveral site.

The center, which places people with disabilities in jobs, said it was "deeply saddened" by the news and extended its sympathy to the man's family.

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