Homeless man who died near downtown Janesville was war veteran, his family says

A homeless man who died overnight Sunday near downtown Janesville was a war veteran, according to family members.

Family members have identified him as Mike Terry, who they describe as a former Marine who was kind to everyone he met but struggled with mental illness.

The former Marine had been homeless for close to a decade, according to his family.

Janesville police Sgt. Ben Thomspon, who serves on the department’s homeless outreach team, said he’s had contact with Terry once a month for each month dating back to last November. He said Terry refused help.

This is Mike Terry- a war veteran, a space enthusiast, and a loving brother.

He’s also been homeless in Janesville for close to a decade. His family says he struggles with mental illness. They say he’s not a drug user and doesn’t drink. Despite this, he turns down help. pic.twitter.com/i03vRcMwZd

— Adam Duxter (@News3Adam) November 13, 2019

Family members said they were told his cause of death was a heart attack. Police say foul play is not suspected at this time.

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