Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers, says very early Sunday morning, family members found Long tangled in a fishing net.
“They pulled him out and began CPR in an attempt to save him, unfortunately he was declared deceased a couple hours later,” said Peters.
Long was not wearing a life jacket. Troopers say there are no signs of foul play and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. Peters says there were no witnesses and no exact cause of death at this point.
“We don’t know he became in the water, we don’t know if he got stuck in the mud or had a medical issue, or somehow became tangled the nets, or the nets snagged him after he went in the water, we don’t know,” said Peters.
The body is being sent to the medical examiners office for an autopsy.