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Artist's Death Called Suspicious
A 35-year-old man is found dead in his apartment and now police say his death is suspicious. The body of Chris Ortega was discovered Monday afternoon. Friends and gallery owners say his career as an artist was just taking off. They say Ortega had recently become more focused with his approach to "illustrative art." Pictures from his display at Zapow Illustration and Pop Culture Art Gallery in downtown Asheville show bright colors, pop culture icons, and a visual interpretation of the military's use of drones. They say his work was well received and he'd just sold an original work last weekend. They're shocked the mild-mannered artist would have died in what is now being called a "suspicious death." Gallery owners sent Ortega's artwork back to his family in Fayetteville. Services for the artist will be held there Saturday afternoon.