District Judge Rob Wyda, who served Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair, died Monday evening.
According to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office, the cause of death was heart disease.
Judge Wyda, 54, was a lawyer before his election to the district court position in Bethel Park in 1999. He took office in January 2000.
The office was later merged with the Upper St. Clair district court office to become one of the largest magisterial districts in the county.
Before becoming a district judge, he spent seven years as an assistant district attorney and three years as an assistant court administrator supervising the county's district justices.
He ran a brief campaign for Superior Court this spring, but withdrew before the primary.
He was also a member of the Naval reserves and a Navy judge advocate who took assignments in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay between 2003 and 2008.
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