PATERSON, NJ – Police are investigating whether the death on Thursday of a 49-year-old 1st Ward resident man stemmed from an alleged assault.

Police were called to 49. N. Main Street at about noon on reports that someone was being assaulted, said Lt. Richard Reyes.

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When officers arrived, they found Joe Gray of Presidential Boulevard on the sidewalk, Reyes said. They called in city firefighters who administered CPR, but Gray was pronounced dead later in the afternoon at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, according to Reyes.

Authorities are trying to confirm whether Gray was the alleged assault victim and whether a possible attack caused his death.