Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell, a native of Ireland who spent most of his four decades as a priest ministering in LA’s inner city, has died. He was 69.
“I am very sad this afternoon to report that our beloved Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell has passed away unexpectedly,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles in a statement Feb. 18 soon after receiving word of his death. “It is a shock and I have no words to express my sadness.”
During Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels the next day, Archbishop Gomez announced that the LA County Sheriff’s Department had confirmed to the archdiocese earlier that morning that investigators had ruled his death a homicide. The Sheriff’s department has not offered further details on the circumstances of his death, which is under investigation.