HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut officials are mourning the death of Kevin DelGobbo, a former Naugatuck state legislator and chairman of the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

DelGobbo died July 3 at the age of 53. His family tells the Waterbury Republican-American that the cause of DelGobbo’s death is unknown and they are awaiting results from an autopsy.

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Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy lauded DelGobbo for his dedication to public service and “to charting sound energy policy for the state.” During his 12 years in the House of Representatives, DelGobbo served 10 years as the ranking Republican House member on the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides says DelGobbo was “admired for his intellect, humor and willingness to work with others,” calling his death tragic.