Alameda mayor Ralph Appezzato found dead at home

Tuesday September 17, 2002

ALAMEDA – Ralph Appezzato, the mayor of Alameda and a candidate for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, died Monday in what authorities described as a possible suicide. He was 67. 

Alameda police Lt. Bill Scott said that at 8:52 a.m., the mayor’s wife called police indicating that her husband was not breathing and needed assistance. 

Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the mayor's home in the 2900 block of Sea View Parkway. Appezzato was pronounced dead in the living room. 

“Preliminarily, it appears that the mayor may have taken his own life,” Scott said. 

Detectives from the Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit are investigating the death, Scott said. The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau will determine how Appezzato died.