ST. LOUIS – Well-known St. Louis attorney Charles “Ed” Brown has died. Brown was known for television ads as the attorney with the eye patch.
St. Louis police say Brown jumped from the 11th-floor balcony at 1 Memorial Drive in Downtown St. Louis, the location of the Brown and Brown law office. He founded the personal injury and criminal defense firm with his brother Dan in 1993.
Brown started his career in law by working for Citicorp and as a law clerk with the Illinois 5th District Appellate Court before starting the firm with his brother.
To those who knew Brown, this was not only devastating news, it was something they would have never expected.
“Absolutely shocking,” said Lenny Kagan, a good friend of Brown. “I just met with Ed last week. Had lunch, talked Sunday the day before this happened. He seemed to be in good spirits.”
Police say homicide detectives were requested but since there were no suspicious circumstances at the scene, the investigation is being handled by district detectives.
The incident is being investigated as a suicide.
Kagan, who has known Brown for 20 years said there were no indications of him being depressed, sad, or having any problems.
“Brown was a genuine character,” Kagan said. “Genuinely a good man. He loved his family, cared about his clients greatly loved his friends, just a good a hearted person to be around.”
His firm released this statement saying:
“We are shocked and devastated. We request the privacy of the family is respected during this most difficult time.”David Shulman, Brown & Brown
Brown was a proud sponsor of FOX2’s Proud to Serve campaign honoring local community members.
He and his brother also could be seen on KPLR11 in their “On the Road with Brown & Brown” series that took them to landmarks around the area.