Irving Martinez dies at 51 | News
Macon political activist and former candidate Irving Martinez died Sunday morning in Macon at the age of 51, according to Bibb County coroner Leon Jones
Longtime friend David Cousino says Martinez suffered chronic medical issues and died after being hospitalized for pneumonia.
Martinez ran as a Democrat in state Senate District 26 against Miriam Paris and Davis Lucas in 2012, and for the consolidated county commission in District 2 in 2013.
A native of New York, Martinez moved to Macon in 2007 and became active in the community.
Martinez hosted a show called "the Morning Roast" and was active in protesting the Sammie Davis, Jr. shooting.
Known around Macon for his loud voice and thick New York accent, Cousino says there was more to Martinez than people knew.
"He was a man that had to actually prove himself to show that he was somebody. And that he knew what was going on. So he overemphasized his life, you know to make him to be somebody, but yet the inner man of him was a gentle giant. He was a gentle man."