SAN PEDRO - Authorities today released the name of 51-year-old man found dead on a San Pedro beach.

Authorities were notified about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday that a body had been discovered near the 3700 block of Stephen M. White Drive, said Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the man, identified by a coroner's official as Albert Andrew Downs Jr. of San Pedro, may have died of natural causes, Eisenman said.

Downs was found face down in shallow water at the water line, said Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Joe Bale.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death would likely be completed within the next two days, Bale said.


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