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Date of Issue: May 03, 2007

Roofer dies in Anna Maria

Jose Cano Mendez of Sarasota fell from the roof of this three-story home at 812 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, on April 26. Mendez fell about 30 feet to his death. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

A Sarasota man fell to his death April 26 while working on a construction site in Anna Maria City.

According to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Jose Cano Mendez, 37, of Sarasota, was working on the roof of a three-story house in the 800 block of North Shore Drive when he fell approximately 40 feet that morning.

Deputies have ruled the fall an accident. He died at the scene. An exact cause of death is pending results of an autopsy.

Mendez was a subcontractor on the job site, according to the reports.