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Man Who Fought to Get 'IM GAY' on Oklahoma License Plate Found Dead

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Keith Kimmel was found dead Wednesday morning. Keith Kimmel was found dead Wednesday morning.

By Colleen Chen, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Norman Police confirmed they are investigating the death of Keith Kimmel who made national news earlier this year after suing the Oklahoma Tax Commission to approve his request to have "IM GAY" put on his license plate.

Kimmel was found dead Wednesday morning.

The tax commission turned down Kimmel's specialized plate request last year on grounds it could be offensive to the general public.

On Monday, Kimmel filed a complaint against Tulsa Police for how he says officers treated him at an incident over the weekend.

Read the Formal Complaint

Kimmel writes that the officers "beat him" while attempting to make an arrest at a club in Tulsa last Friday. Kimmel ended up having to stay the night in the hospital.

Tulsa police confirm they did get the complaint in the mail Wednesday, but said everything else is still under investigation. A 911 log indicates police were called out to the club by a bartender. Police say the bartender called police because he needed an intoxicated white male removed from the premises.

Norman police are waiting on the Medical Examiner's office to determine the cause of Kimmel's death.

More on News9.com: Norman Man Sues Tax Commission Over 'IM GAY' License Tag

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