Funeral arrangements set for former Blue Grass Airport Director

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The former director of Blue Grass Airport has been found dead in his Lexington apartment.

Michael Gobb's current employer Alan Stein told WKYT that Gobb was found dead late Wednesday afternoon.

After contacting next of kin, the Fayette County coroner's office now confirms Mike Gobb died Wednesday.

His body was found at the Park Place Apartments.

An autopsy was completed today. Cause of death is pending further study.

No foul play is suspected in this case.

Gobb stepped down as director of the airport in 2009, following a spending scandal.

He later pled guilty to theft by deception, but was sentenced to probation.

Stein says he hired Gobb a year and a half ago as a sales executive, to give him a second chance after the scandal.

"He had paid his debt. He had acknowledged his shortcomings and failings, and was on his way to a full lifetime of recovery," said Stein.

He says Gobb was on a leave of absence since a car accident earlier this year.

Stein says he's devastated. He calls Gobb his friend, and says he was very professional.

In a statement, Stein said, "Our prayers are with his family and friends at this time of great loss. We will miss our good friend and valued colleague for his professionalism and his ever present smile."

Funeral arrangements have been set for Gobb. He will be remembered by his family and friends at a visitation at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. It will be held Friday, September 27 from 5-8 p.m.

A celebration of Gobb's life will be held Saturday, September 28, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church on Todd's Road.

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