From The Eastsider:

Frank Meza may eventually be best remembered for all the people he helped over his life as a doctor and activist. But first we will have to get further and further away from the tragic and shocking end to his life earlier this month in Cypress Park.

Those who knew Meza said the retired doctor inspired generations of Latinos to enter the medical professional and was an advocate for low-cost healthcare for underserved communities. The avid, life-long runner was a co-founder of an Eastside area track club and participated in countless fundraisers. He even influenced the art that hangs on the walls of some local clinics.

Frank Meza died July 4 in an apparent suicide after having been accused of cheating in a marathon. His body was found in the L.A. River channel near the Figueroa-Riverside bridge, not too far from where he grew up in Elysian Valley and where he ran on the track team at Cathedral High.

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