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Ex-mayor who quit after criticizing Trump dies in crash

Dr. Bill Kirby
Posted at 10:16 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 01:16:11-04

AUBURN, Calif. —The Sacramento Bee reports that the former mayor of a Northern California city who stepped down after he harshly criticized President Donald Trump and his supporters died Saturday in a plane crash. Officials told the Bee that Dr. Bill Kirby, who was the mayor of Auburn, died in the crash Saturday morning near the Auburn Municipal Airport. Kirby, a urologist, was the pilot of the plane that crashed shortly after 11 a.m. A passenger in the plane suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. Kirby gained notoriety last week after social media posts criticizing Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and comparing the president’s supporters to KKK members.