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Milton 'Monkey Man' dies

Dean Riopelle had heart attack

Dean Riopelle, who raised exotic animals on his Hopewell Road property, died of an apparent heart attack Sept. 24.
September 24, 2013
MILTON, Ga.--Dean Riopelle, known to many in the city of Milton as the "monkey man," passed away the morning of Sept 24.

Riopelle had been in a coma since suffering a heart attack last week.

Facebook updates from friends state he showed no brain activity and the family planned to remove him from life support but the circumstances surrounding his death at this time are unknown.

Riopelle, 53, battled surrounding Milton residents to gain city approval for a wildlife preserve on his property to house over 20 exotic animals.

He received approval earlier this year.

He was an owner and President of The Masquerade, a popular downtown concert venue and the lead singer of the band the Impotent Sea Snakes, a rock and roll band known for their sexually explicit lyrics and performances.

An avid Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, Riopelle attended the University of Florida where he was a boxer and a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

He was a football coach with the Alpharetta Youth Association and friends say was actively involved in helping children with cancer.

Riopelle is survived by his mother and two sons.

Funeral arrangements are not available at this time.

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